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Boeing successfully completes test flight with green diesel

Boeing successfully completes test flight with green diesel

Boeing has completed the world’s first flight using green diesel. On December 3,...

U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christ...

Philippines houses world’s largest solar-powered mall

Philippines houses world’s largest solar-powered mall

A mall in the capital city of the Philippines is now sporting a 1.5-megawatt sol...

U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

The Governments of the United States and China have announced that they will be ...

Best Eco Cars of 2014

Best Eco Cars of 2014

Eco-friendly cars, also referred to as green cars, are vehicles that have a less...

Largest wind farm in Southeast Asia goes online in the Philippines

Largest wind farm in Southeast Asia goes online in the Philippines

The largest wind farm in Southeast Asia, a 150-megawatt installation in the Phil...

SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

Solar Power, Inc. is set to become one of the largest solar developers in China....

Business

tenKsolar expands manufacturing capacity in Thailand

tenKsolar expands manufacturing capacity in Thailand

Friday, 19 December 2014

tenKsolar is establishing new production lines in Thailand for their manufacture of their solar modules. tenKsolar, which is based in Minneapolis, des...

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Technology

Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

A sweet-smelling chemical compound primarily used in fragrances and flavoring is being studied for its potential as a clean and green biofuel. Methyl ...

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Politics

U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the results of the recently concluded Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. The Secretary-Gener...

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Living Green

Incandescent bulbs now entering their homestretch

Incandescent bulbs now entering their homestretch

Saturday, 06 December 2014

Nearly 125 years after the invention of the light bulb – technology that revolutionized the world’s way of life and living – the phased ban on sale of...

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Renewables

Low-Carbon

Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Friday, 12 December 2014

Environmentally friendly home heating solutions are valuable for the planet, and can lower your utility bills. With the numerous home heating alternat...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Researchers complete genetic map of miscanthus

Researchers from American energy crop company Ceres, Inc, and Aberystwyth University have completed the first high-resolution, comprehensive genetic map of the perennial grass known as miscanthus.

Miscanthus is considered a promising source of biomass for the production of alternative fuels and clean energy. It is fast growing, tough and capable of growing on marginal land. However, it is difficult to establish the crop as it is planted from cuttings or rhizomes.

According to Ceres, it can cost thousands of dollars an acre to establish a field of miscanthus, around five to 10 times more than a seed crop such as switchgrass.

In order for miscanthus to live up to its potential as a bioenergy crop, cheaper ways to breed and raise it need to be developed.

The researchers from Ceres, along with scientists from Aberystwyth's Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences mapped all 19 chromosomes of miscanthus and found 20,000 genetic differences or markers.

Markers allow geneticists to differentiate individual plants based on variations in their D.N.A. This will also allow easier identification of plants with characteristics that breeders may or may not want to propagate.

"By defining the genetic diversity in our germplasm collections with the new D.N.A. markers, we can more rapidly introduce important crop traits into our new, seed-propagated miscanthus products," said Richard Flavell, chief scientific officer of Ceres.

Professor Iain Donnison, head of the bioenergy team at the institute, noted that the mapping project would also provide greater insight into how the miscanthus genome compares with other crop plants.

The research was funded as part of Britain's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Sustainable Bioenergy Center. Both Ceres and Ibers are members of the council, an academic-industry research partnership focused on the bioenergy sector.



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