The June 23, 2011, issue of the journal Nature features a special supplementary section that outlines the current state of biofuels research, highlights recent advances, and discusses potential issues associated with the expanded use of biomass-derived transportation fuels. Articles in the supplement discuss development of advanced drop-in biofuels compatible with existing engines, new approaches to economically break down tough lignocellulosic plant material into fermentable sugars, the potential of dedicated biomass feedstocks to reduce “food vs fuel” and water demand issues, and a variety of other topics relevant to biofuels development. Researchers involved in all three DOE Bioenergy Research Centers, as well as numerous scientists pursuing independent biofuels research supported by DOE’s Genomic Science program, discuss their work in the supplement. The collected articles provide a valuable resource for communicating the current state of biofuels R&D to the broader scientific community and the general public.
Reference: Grayson, M., et al. 2011. "Nature Outlook: Biofuels," Nature 474 (7352), supp S1–S43.
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