biofuel http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Southern Illinois Congressman Enyart Looks To Spur Biofuels In Air Force http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/southern-illinois-congressman-enyart-looks-spur-biofuels-air-force <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Congressman Bill </span>Enyart<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is announcing new legislation to support biofuels used in the military.</span></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:46:55 +0000 Chris McDaniel 29948 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Southern Illinois Congressman Enyart Looks To Spur Biofuels In Air Force USDA to pay Mo. farmers to plant biomass energy crops http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/usda-pay-mo-farmers-plant-biomass-energy-crops <p>The <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome">USDA</a> has chosen two new areas in Missouri to participate in a <a href="http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&amp;subject=ener&amp;topic=bcap">program</a> promoting biomass energy crops.</p><p>Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the program will pay farmers to plant giant miscanthus, a perennial grass that can be used for energy production.</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:06:15 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1442 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org USDA to pay Mo. farmers to plant biomass energy crops International ag conference showcases emerging companies to potential investors http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/international-ag-conference-showcases-emerging-companies-potential-investors <p>An event starting Monday at the <a href="http://www.danforthcenter.org/">Danforth Plant Science Center</a> is looking to match up investors with emerging agricultural technology companies from across the globe.</p><p>The third annual <a href="http://www.agshowcase.com/">Ag Innovation Showcase</a> will draw international venture capitalists and corporate agricultural investors like Monsanto, Syngenta and Dupont.</p><p>Showcase organizer Mark Gorski says sixteen agricultural start-ups from the Netherlands, India, and a number of other countries will be vying for their attention.</p> Mon, 23 May 2011 21:05:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1273 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org International ag conference showcases emerging companies to potential investors Algaepalooza 2011 calls on citizen scientists http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/algaepalooza-2011-calls-citizen-scientists <p>Algae, that very same stuff that turns aquarium walls and backyard fences green, are also a potent source of energy, and hold significant potential as a clean, renewable fuel source.&nbsp; Algae were first investigated as a source of energy back in the 1970&rsquo;s when high gas prices prompted an interest in alternative energies and the US Department of Energy created the <a href="http://www.nrel.gov/docs/legosti/fy98/24190.pdf">Aquatic Species Program.&nbsp;</a> That program was discontinued in 1996, but as oil costs have continued to rise and energy independence has reemerged as a national priority, researchers around the world, <a href="http://www.danforthcenter.org/cabs/">and many right here in St. Loui</a>s, are again focused on the potential of algal biofuels.</p><p> Thu, 05 May 2011 20:30:40 +0000 Libby Franklin 1183 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Algaepalooza 2011 calls on citizen scientists Monsanto and Sapphire Energy to collaborate on algal gene research http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/monsanto-and-sapphire-energy-collaborate-algal-gene-research <p><a href="http://www.monsanto.com/Pages/default.aspx">Monsanto</a> is entering a multi-year research collaboration with San Diego-based <a href="http://www.sapphireenergy.com/">Sapphire Energy</a>.</p><p>Sapphire specializes in genetically-engineering algae with the goal of producing drop-in replacements for fuels like gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.</p><p>The collaboration between Sapphire and Monsanto will focus on identifying genes that positively affect growth in algae and that might also increase agricultural crop yields.</p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 18:32:28 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 677 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Monsanto and Sapphire Energy to collaborate on algal gene research