Navigation Links
New genomic research to tackle supply and demand issues in emerging forestry biofuels industry
Date:8/24/2009

Saddler is confident that the solution they find for coniferous trees will be transferable to deciduous varieties as well. "The idea is that once the dead lodgepole pine starts to run out in about 20 years, we will have had enough time to replant with a fast growing variety to replace it," he says.

Enter the poplar tree. As the fastest growing tree in North America, it is one of the only species that will be ready for harvest by the time the beetle-killed conifers have run out.

Principal investigators Drs. Carl Douglas and Shawn Mansfield, both of UBC, will aim to use genomics to optimize breeding and selection of poplars to improve their potential as a biofuel resource.

Their $7.7 million project, entitled Optimized Populus Feedstocks and Novel Enzyme Systems for a BC Bioenergy Sector, will build on a foundation of previous Genome BC research, which contributed to the sequencing of the poplar genome in 2004.

In addition to their quick growth, poplars, which are native to BC and many other regions, produce wood that is easier to convert to fermentable sugars for ethanol production than conifers. The tree is also well known for its capacity to sequester carbon from the atmosphere and even to clean up contaminated waste sites.

The researchers will identify the genetic characteristics of certain wild poplars that allow their woods to be broken down more easily, and with a higher yield, so that liquid biofuels can be produced more rapidly and inexpensively, with less chemical processing.

Mansfield maintains the importance of staying ahead of the curve: "We need to be thinking about feedstock supply 10-15 years from now, so that we will have poplars ready to be harvested, which will allow us to keep up with industry demand," he says.

This research will ultimately create the basis for a poplar-breeding program to fuel the forestry bioenergy sector.

Says Douglas, "Using the poplar's genome seque
'/>"/>

Contact: Rachael Froese Zamperini
rzamperini@genomebc.ca
604-612-6345
Genome BC
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. DNA replication behavior in complex organisms may foreshadow leaps in genomic discoveries
2. UCI and CODA Genomics collaborate to re-engineer yeast for biofuel production
3. Metagenomics of the deep Mediterranean
4. Metagenomics of the deep Mediterranean
5. Inconsistencies with Neanderthal genomic DNA sequences
6. Microarray sequence capture speeds large-scale resequencing of targeted genomic regions
7. NYUs Center for Genomics & Systems Biology receives $4.4 million NSF grant
8. Human RecQ helicases, homologous recombination and genomic instability
9. Virginia Tech plant scientist leads study on genomics of parasitic plants
10. Study finds health professionals, public unprepared for genomic medicine
11. At home genomic tests for disease risk premature
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/22/2014)... CITY (September 22, 2014)The Brain & Behavior ... award of NARSAD Young Investigator Grants valued ... of the world,s most promising young scientists. ... groundbreaking neurobiological research will seek to identify ... for psychiatric disorders that affect one in ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... the wake of the huge King Fire blazing out ... King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the ... Canyon, and the Rubicon Canyon, north of the community ... County and burned onto the Tahoe National Forest north ... expected to be minimal on Sept. 22 due to ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... CO, USA More than 7,000 geoscientists will gather ... at The Geological Society of America,s 126th Annual Meeting ... cover such topics as the transportation of crude oil, ... A dedicated field guide, Trials and Tribulations of Life ... and around the Vancouver area. , A broad range ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Brain & Behavior Research Foundation awards 200 NARSAD Young Investigator grants 2Geoscience topics in the spotlight -- Vancouver, BC 2Geoscience topics in the spotlight -- Vancouver, BC 3Geoscience topics in the spotlight -- Vancouver, BC 4Geoscience topics in the spotlight -- Vancouver, BC 5
... When a person develops a sore or a boil, it ... infection. Then it resolves and flattens into the skin, often ... scenario plays out in the blood vessels. However, when there ... of blood vessels to recover from inflammation atherosclerosis or ...
... you eat right and exercise regularly, chances are high that ... thanks to new findings by researchers from Harvard and Baylor, ... studies recently published online in The FASEB Journal ... have the potential to save millions of lives. Both ...
... The Stowers Institute,s Shilatifard Lab has identified a new role ... polymerase II (Pol II) the enzyme that synthesizes ... protein-synthesizing machinery of the cell. Precise control of the ... essential for development. In a paper published online in the ...
Cached Biology News:Failure to bridle inflammation spurs atherosclerosis 2New discoveries from Harvard and Baylor get to the heart of cardiovascular disease 2New discoveries from Harvard and Baylor get to the heart of cardiovascular disease 3
(Date:9/21/2014)... Chemical Sciences play a significant role ... air and safe water, healthy food, and dependable ... food scientists, educators, and scientists have a great ... of Chemistry for the national development, and to ... the fastest emerging Sciences, accelerating with a tremendous ...
(Date:9/20/2014)... 2014 HealthTronics, Inc. , ... radiology products and services, has signed a distribution ... Clinicon Corporation for its high precision laser ... minimally invasive, mobile, surgical technology—offering more choices for ... agreement, HealthTronics will make available Clinicon’s FDA-cleared SureLase™ ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... 2014  InterMune, Inc. (Nasdaq: ITMN ) ... Understanding to settle the litigation in the Delaware Court ... Merger dated as of August 22, 2014, among Roche ... one term of the Memorandum of Understanding, the Company ... the attached exhibit reflecting the amendment to the Company,s ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... at NYU Langone Medical Center have found a way ... for turning adult cells into so-called pluripotent stem cells ... the new technique in mice, the researchers increased the ... by more than 20-fold compared with the standard method. ... thus should generally accelerate research aimed at using stem ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Chemistry for Global Development during the Open Access Week 2Chemistry for Global Development during the Open Access Week 3HealthTronics Announces Distribution Agreement with Clinicon-Laser Surgical Device Expands Minimally Invasive, Mobile Technology Portfolio 2HealthTronics Announces Distribution Agreement with Clinicon-Laser Surgical Device Expands Minimally Invasive, Mobile Technology Portfolio 3InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 2InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 3InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 4InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 5InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 6InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 7InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 8InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 9InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 10InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 11InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 12InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 13InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 14InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 15InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 16InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 17InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 18InterMune Reports Memorandum of Understanding in Connection with Consolidated Delaware Action 19NYU Langone scientists report reliable and highly efficient method for making stem cells 2NYU Langone scientists report reliable and highly efficient method for making stem cells 3
... could be a shot in the arm for adoptive ... and controlling the growth of T cells in living ... of the therapy,s drawbacks. The engineers altered the ... which researchers can build new functions into cells by ...
... ATHENS, Ohio (April 26, 2010) Though scientists argue ... electronics for building the next generation of faster, smaller, ... actually seen the spina quantum mechanical property of electronsin ... an Advance Online Publication in the journal Nature ...
... ... 2010 Growth , ... Chicago, IL (Vocus) April 26, 2010 -- Sword Diagnostics, Inc. , committed to ... its corporate headquarters and research facilities to accommodate planned growth. Double the size of ...
Cached Biology Technology:New technique reinforces immune cells that seek and destroy cancer, says Stanford researcher 2New technique reinforces immune cells that seek and destroy cancer, says Stanford researcher 3Physicists capture first images of atomic spin 2Life Sciences Company Sword Diagnostics Moves Operations to Chicago 2Life Sciences Company Sword Diagnostics Moves Operations to Chicago 3
... provides a fast and simple procedure for ... samples. The kit is based on spin-column ... an ion exchanger. Salts such as MgCl2, ... for Norgens resin and are easily removed ...
... Detection of Total Canine Endostatin. ... Life Science products include a line ... kits and reagents used for multiple ... test kits are ultra-sensitive, quick and ...
... CHEMICONs Blood Vessel Staining Kit is a ... of vascular endothelial cells, containing both anti-von ... is applicable to a variety of species. ... method for the staining of frozen and ...
... modifications of Eagle's medium have ... formulation. The most widely used ... DME is a modification of ... that contains a higher concentration ...
Biology Products: