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N.C. State University Breaks Down Cell Walls In Woody Biomass

According to Quanzi Li, the greatest barrier to producing biofuels is from stubborn plant cell walls that resist being broken down into biofuel ingredients. Li is the lead author of a paper published in Plant Biotechnology Journal about North Carolina State’s (NC State) Forest Biotechnology Group biofuel research progress. Cell walls contain desirable cellulose and […]

Closing Of Maine Mill Sets Back Paper Industry’s Biofuel Effort

The recent closure of the Old Town Fuel and Fiber mill is a setback for the Maine pulp and paper industry’s efforts to break into biofuels production, industry representatives said. The mill, owned by New York-based private equity firm Patriarch Partners, has ceased operations indefinitely and furloughed about 180 employees. While pulp remained the mill’s […]

Biomass Trials In Wisconsin Show Promise For Future Energy Source

The farm fields that had once served the Ashland Agricultural Resource Station west of Ashland are now occupied with a variety of different crops. Hay grows tall in some of the fields while hop plants snake their way around guide strings, winding ever upward into the blue sky. Meanwhile, a copse of young trees — […]


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