Special Feature – Biofuels in SA

December 7, 2015

SA’s biggest newspaper, The Advertiser, recorded and produced a special feature on biofuels in SA. The video and article stars SA node leader Associate Professor Rachel Burton, with help in the lab from PhD student Kendall Corbin. In the article, Associate Professor Burton discusses the use of Agave and grape marc in biofuels and how […]

A better source for biofuel?

October 7, 2015

Researchers at the Centre have showed that the agave plant, best known for producing tequila in Mexico, could produce up to 15,000 litres per hectare a year of biofuel ̶ and it grows on marginal land under low rainfall conditions. The paper, titled “Prospecting for Energy-Rich Renewable Raw Materials: Agave Leaf Case Study” published in the journal […]

Centre staff attend GRC on Plant Cell Walls

August 21, 2015
Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — Emma Drew @ 9:33 am

The Gordon Research Conference on Plant Cell Walls – From Genomes to Function, was recently held in Waltham, Massachusetts USA and was attended by Professor Tony Bacic and Dr Monika Doblin from the UM node, Associate Professor Rachel Burton from the UA node and Emeritus Professor Geoff Fincher. Associate Professor Burton presented her talk, “Is your […]

Centre staff awarded funding to attend Gordon Research Conference

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Dr Deirdre Mikkelsen, from the UQ node of the Centre, was selected to attend the 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Applied and Environmental Microbiology: Microbes that Influence, Sustain and Protect Our Planet, recently held in South Hadley, Massachusetts USA. Dr Mikkelsen presented a poster titled, “In vitro fermentation of native and isotopically labelled cellulose by porcine faecal […]

Biofuel from grape waste

August 20, 2015

Centre PhD Student, Kendall Corbin’s research on grape marc being used as a biofuel has recently been published in the journal, Bioresource Technology. The paper, “Grape marc as a source of carbohydrates for bioethanol: Chemical composition, pre-treatment and saccharification“, discusses how the leftover grape waste (skins, stalks and seeds) from wine-making could be fermented to produce […]

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