With flying cameras and three-dimensional nuclear spin imaging Ulrich Schurr is studying the growth of energy crops. Rapeseed, sugar beets, China grass - these are plants which can be easily processed to give fuel and raw materials for the chemical industry.
But how well, how fast and how uniformly will these plants grow in a northern German climate? The plant scientist from the Jlich Research Center is convinced that energy crops will play a big role in the future - as long as their cultivation does not compete with food crop production. To what extent that is possible - that is being investigated by a newly founded research center: the Bioeconomy Science Center.
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What would it be like to live in a world with no predators roaming our landscapes? Would ... watch video
AP (May 17, 2013) Biofuel researchers at UC Berkeley may keep the tobacco industry from going up in smoke. Scientists are engineering tobacco plants to produce oils that can serve as biofuels to power airplanes, cars, ... watch video
Reuters (Sep. 23, 2013) Urban algae farming is gaining a foothold in Bangkok with the rooftop of one big hotel supporting a small but flourishing algae industry. Algae is well known as a source of biofuel, but the species ... watch video
Reuters (Oct. 5, 2011) In its goal to significantly decrease its dependency on foreign oil, the US Navy has successfully tested its first unmanned reconnaissance helicopter powered by biofuel. The trial was the second ... watch video
AP (Aug. 11, 2014) Public oyster beds in the Gulf of Mexico are producing less than a third of the shellfish than before oil spewed from a BP well in 2010. But whether the spill is a cause is still under review by the ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (June 23, 2013) Leftovers from the fish industry might become a valuable raw material in the future. A German company has developed a system for recycling shrimp shells and other fish waste to create oils for the ... watch video
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Featuring Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Founding Director of Save the Elephants -- the leader in the pursuit of high-tech conservation ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Aug. 19, 2013) Both floods and droughts are on the increase in Morocco, and the effects are getting worse and worse.
People in largely agricultural areas are among the worst affected. Aid groups in the south and ... watch video
May 28, 2015 For years, scientists have been aware of the potential problems of antibiotics being present in wastewater, and new research is showing that treatments to clean wastewater may actually be creating ... read more
May 28, 2015 Even though the walnut twig beetle is likely native to Arizona, California, and New Mexico, it has become an invasive pest to economically and ecologically important walnut ... read more
May 28, 2015 One key element of organic agriculture is that it rejects unpredictable technologies, such as genetic engineering. But what if adding a gene from undomesticated plants to bring back a natural trait ... read more
May 28, 2015 Airborne concentrations of common ragweed pollen, a potent allergen, could increase fourfold in Europe by 2050. Researchers believe climate change will be responsible for two thirds of this increase, ... read more
May 27, 2015 Not every encounter between predator and prey results in death. A new study co-authored by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor suggests that prey emit warning cues that can ultimately ... read more
May 27, 2015 A longhorned beetle's sexy scent might make a female perk up her antennae. But when the males of several species all smell the same, a female cannot choose by cologne alone. ... read more
Aug. 15, 2013 Limited availability of fossil fuels stimulates the search for different energy resources. The use of biofuels is one of the alternatives. Sugars derived from the grain of agricultural crops can be ... read more
Jan. 10, 2013 Tobacco plants bloom when they are just a few months old -- and then they die. Now, researchers have located a genetic switch which can keep the plants young for years and which permits unbounded ... read more
Sep. 20, 2010 For the first time, researchers have taken an overall look at Swedish biofuels and analyzed what impact they have on the environment, both in relation to one another and to the fossil fuel ... read more