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Engineered WRINKLED1 Transcription Factor with Increased Stability and Enhanced Oil Production

IntroductionPlant oils, primarily seed oils, are major agricultural commodities. The world consumption of plant oils in 2013 was 165 million tonnes, which represents an increase of 100 million tonnes since 1995. The majority of vegetable oils are produced from just four crops, oil palm, soybeans, rapeseed, and sunflower, which together accounts for...
Published: 4/25/2016   |   Inventor(s): John Ohlrogge, Christoph Benning, Wei Ma, Que Kong
Keywords(s): Agriculture Biotechnology, Biodiesel, Oil Crops Category(s): Biotechnology, Agriculture

Increase of Oil Content in Vegetative Tissues

IntroductionProduction of alternative fuels such as biodiesel is on the rise around the world and in the U.S. due to a strong and growing desire to reduce dependency on petroleum-derived diesel fuel. The acceptance of biodiesel has been slowed due to its higher cost relative to petroleum-derived diesel. The higher cost of biodiesel is directly related...
Published: 9/21/2011   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning, Changcheng Xu, Binbin Lu, Jinpeng Gao, Sanjaya Sanjaya
Keywords(s): Biodiesel, Biofuel, Oil Crops, Transgenic Crops Category(s): Agriculture, Biotechnology, Energy

Diacylglycerol Acyltransferases Involved in Oil Biosynthesis in Microalgae

IntroductionThe need for the development of biomass-based domestic production systems for high energy liquid transportation fuels is widely recognized. Concerns related to environmental impact and the price of oil combined with political issues related to dependence on foreign oil have increased interest in alternative biofuels. Currently, transportation...
Published: 4/22/2011   |   Inventor(s): Christoph Benning, Rachel Miller, Eric Moellering
Keywords(s): Algae, Biodiesel, Biofuel Category(s): Biotechnology, Chemicals, Energy

An Economical and Potent Mixture to Induce Cellulolytic Enzymes Production at High Concentration

IntroductionProducing biofuels from cellulosic materials, such as corn stalks, wood chips, and other biomass, requires the use of enzymes to degrade the cellulosic biomass into its molecular components. The cost to produce these enzymes is high, a factor contributing to the limited production of cellulosic ethanol. Description of TechnologyMichigan...
Published: 4/21/2011   |   Inventor(s): Ming Woei Lau, Bruce Dale, Venkatesh Balan, Shishir Chundawat
Keywords(s): Biodiesel, Biomass, Cellulose, Enzymes Category(s): Biotechnology, Chemicals, Materials

Enzymes and Genes to Produce Triacylglycerols, Including sn-3-Acetyl Triacylglycerols

IntroductionBiodiesel can substitute for conventional petroleum diesel in almost all applications. Oftentimes, use of biodiesel requires engine modification since biodiesel has different solvent properties and often degrades natural rubber. Since use of biodiesel is increasing rapidly, alternative biofuel supplies are needed to accommodate the growing...
Published: 4/15/2011   |   Inventor(s): Anne Milcamps, David Pan, Michael Pollard
Keywords(s): Biodiesel, Biofuel, GMO Crops, Plant Oils Category(s): Biotechnology, Chemicals, Agriculture

Gene for Low Calorie, Low Viscosity Vegetable Oil

Executive SummaryResearchers at Michigan State University have engineered oilseed crops to produce high hanklevels of acetyl-triacylglycerol (acetyl-TAG). This unique plant oil has enhanced low-temperature properties, lower viscosity, lower calories and additional attractive qualities. Acetyl-TAG has a wide range of food and non-food applications as...
Published: 11/10/2010   |   Inventor(s): Michael Pollard, John Ohlrogge, Timothy Durrett
Keywords(s): Biodiesel, Biofuel, Plant Oils, Transgenic Plants Category(s): Biotechnology, Energy, Agriculture

Improved Processes Production of Lower Cloud Point Biodiesel

IntroductionAlthough the demand for biodiesel is rapidly growing internationally, production of the fuel has been plagued by quality related problems. This in turn has caused a lack of consumer confidence in biodiesel, compounded by continued competition with petroleum-based alternatives that are available at a better price point and higher quality....
Published: 10/8/2010   |   Inventor(s): Navinchandra Asthana, Dennis Miller, Carl Lira, Evan Bittner
Keywords(s): Biodiesel, Cloud Point, FAME, Fatty Acid Category(s): Chemicals, Energy, Agriculture

F-Box Protein Targeted Plant Oil Production

IntroductionIn addition to their importance in human nutrition, plant seed oils are major ingredients in nonfood products, such as soaps, detergents, lubricants, cosmetics, paints, and biofuels. Demand for these vegetable oils has increased steadily due to their versatility and recent use in the development of alternatives to petroleum-based fuels....
Published: 10/7/2010   |   Inventor(s): John Ohlrogge, Sari Ruuska, Yonghua Li
Keywords(s): Biodiesel, Biofuel, Feedstock, Oil Crops, Seed-specific Promoters, Transgenic Plants Category(s): Biotechnology, Agriculture

High Yield Glycerol to Propylene Glycol Conversion Process

IntroductionThe increased production of biodiesel has resulted in a concomitant increased availability of glycerol, a byproduct of the production process. As a result the price of glycerol has experienced a sharp downward spiral. Challenges have confronted biodiesel producers who have pursued Glycerol conversion to the Propylene Glycol, a more desirable...

Process for Production of Higher Yield Low-Emission Biodiesel

IntroductionBiodiesel is rapidly gaining market momentum as the next major biofuel for energy sustainability. Factors such as the recent spike in oil prices, the increasing environmental awareness of U.S. consumers and recent tax incentives have all spurred interest and rapid growth in biodiesel technologies in the U.S. However, according to the U.S....