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Resistance is Not Futile: Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Engineer Resistance to Ionic Liquids in Biofuel Microbes

Researchers with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified the genetic origins of a microbial resistance to ionic liquids and successfully introduced this resistance into a strain of E. coli bacteria for the production of advanced biofuels.

Lignin-Feasting Microbe Holds Promise for Biofuels

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified a rain forest microbe that feasts on the lignin in plant leaf litter, making it a potential ally for the cost-effective production of advanced biofuels.

Less Toxic Metabolites, More Chemical Product

By preventing the build-up of toxic metabolites in engineered microbes, a dynamic regulatory system developed at JBEI can help boost production of an advanced biofuel, a therapeutic drug, or other valuable chemical products. The system has already been used to double the production in E. coli of amorphadiene, a precursor to the premier antimalarial drug artemisinin.

JBEI Technoeconomic Model: The Sequels

JBEI researchers are developing wiki-based technoeconomic models to help accelerate the development of next generation biofuels that are economically competitive with petroleum-based fuels.

One-Pot to Prep Biomass for Biofuels:

Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) researchers save water and reduce pollution with the first one-pot, wash-free, process for the ionic liquid pretreatment and saccharification of switchgrass, one of the leading biofuel feedstock candidates.

Microbial Who-Done-It For Biofuels

A multi-institutional collaboration led by researchers with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Joint Genome Institute (JGI) has developed a promising technique for identifying microbial enzymes that can effectively deconstruct biomass into fuel sugars under refinery processing conditions.

Clean, Green High Performance Biofuels from Carbon Dioxide

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered a microbe to produce high-performance diesel fuel from the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide rather than from the sugars in cellulosic biomass.

Berkeley Lab Wins Eight 2013 R&D 100 Awards

A generator that uses a virus to convert mechanical energy to electricity and a new material that will boost power storage in rechargeable batteries by 30 percent are among eight inventions by Berkeley Lab scientists that were honored with a 2013 R&D 100 Award, often dubbed the “Oscars of Innovation.”

A Creature From an Alkaline Spring Could Improve Biofuel Processing

As a promising prospect for biofuel production, scientists at Berkeley Lab are studying bacteria that live on decaying vegetation in alkaline springs in an isolated region of the California Coast. Highly alkaline liquids pretreat biofuel feedstocks like switchgrass, breaking down the woody matrix to release sugars microorganisms can feed on. But what if bugs could swim in the alkali, break down the lignin, and ferment the sugars all in one fell swoop?

Testing Artificial Photosynthesis

Berkeley Lab researchers, working at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), have developed the first fully integrated microfluidic test-bed for evaluating and optimizing solar-driven electrochemical energy conversion systems.