Monday, September 15, 2008

Develop carbon sequestration methods


Biologists at UC San Diego working with colleagues in Europe reported in Nature that rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may not lead to greater photosynthetic activity and carbon sequestration by plants as atmospheric ozone pollutants increase.
Media Contact: Kim McDonald, 858-534-7572, kmcdonald@ucsd.edu

California researchers plan to make alcohol fuel in a novel way that doesn't involve food crops or microbial fermentation. Three University of California campuses (San Diego, Davis, and Berkeley) and West Biofuels LLC, are developing a prototype research reactor that will use steam, sand and catalysts to efficiently convert forest, urban, and agricultural "cellulosic" wastes that would otherwise go to landfills into alcohol that can be used as a gasoline additive.
Media contact: Daniel Kane, 858-534-3262, dbkane@ucsd.edu

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