Monday, January 21, 2013

News and Notes for Monday January 21, 2013

DOE announces $10M in funding for “Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield” project
The US Department of Energy announced a “Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield” Funding Opportunity of up to $10 million to help unlock the potential of biofuels made from algae. The funding will support research projects aimed at boosting the productivity of algae cultivation systems and developing and demonstrating effective, energy-efficient, and low-cost algae harvest and processing technologies.

Researcher awarded $5.08 million to study oilseed camelina as biofuel feedstock
the oilseed camelina is showing good potential as an environmentally-friendly commercial biofuel feedstock, particularly for biodiesel and jet fuel. To that end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has just awarded $5.08 million to a team of researchers, led by Kansas State University Distinguished Professor in Grain Science and Industry, Xiuzhi "Susan" Sun, to study the crop's potential.  Read the News Release.

Fatty Acid Levels During Pregnancy May Influence Child Body Fat
Researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton in England assessed the fat and muscle mass of 293 boys and girls and compared to the concentrations of PUFAs measured in blood samples from their mothers during pregnancy. The mothers with higher levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids had fatter offspring. Read more from

Olive Oil May be Key to Protection of Ancient Buildings
Researchers at Cardiff University, Wales, have developed a novel coating designed to protect ancient limestone buildings from olive oil derived fatty acids. Read more from The Olive Oil Times.

Surfactants to get makeover as green technology licensed to Indian firm
Green chemistry innovator GreenCentre has licensed Gemini Surfactant Technology to India-based RAN Chemicals as it looks to make the surfactants market more sustainable. Read more from


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