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Tilting trees causes them to produce more sugars for biofuel
Medical imaging techniques have been used by a team of researchers at Imperial College London, in collaboration with Rothamsted Research, to explore why making willow trees grow at an angle can vastly improve their biofuel yields. By using micro-computed tomography (CT scanning) the researchers showed that the trees respond to being tilted by producing a sugar-rich, gelatinous fiber, which helps them stay upright.
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EPA call for comments raises questions over biofuel standards delay
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) request on Tuesday for comments from cellulosic biofuels makers raised speculation among industry analysts of further delays in the release of government-mandated renewable fuels volumes. The agency, which oversees the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, has asked for public comments before submitting a request to Office of Management and Budget regarding volume projections on cellulosic fuel production, according to a notice published on Tuesday in the Federal Register.
German-engineered wood industry faces familiar challenges
About 10 percent of forest wood in Germany goes into engineered wood products. Manufacturers produce an average of some six million cubic meters of particle board, four million cubic meters of fiberboard and one million cubic meters of waferboard. The German engineered wood industry is the sector's largest producer in Europe and shows extensive innovation potential.
Report: Expanded forestry sector could be boon to
eastern, southern Kentucky
Forest industries have the potential to provide thousands more jobs in Eastern and southern Kentucky as leaders in the region search for ways to improve the economy, according to an analysis. Expanding the forestry sector could provide $1.49 billion in new revenue and nearly 7,500 additional jobs in a 54-county region that includes areas hit hard by a sharp decrease in coal jobs, researchers in the Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky concluded.
Wood pellet producer working to meet demand
Homeowners heating with wood pellets may see some relief from the shortage of the fuel source across Atlantic Canada. Wood pellets have been at a premium over the last two years because of back-to-back severe winters.
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US representative: Timber county payment extension in the works
The Associated Press via The Oklahoman
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden said Tuesday that House Speaker John Boehner has agreed to include a two-year extension of subsidies to Oregon timber counties in a bipartisan agreement to overhaul the way doctors are paid by Medicare. The Oregon Republican said the agreement made good on a commitment he and Boehner made last December to secure an extension of the Secure Rural Schools program by March 31.
Former Florida governor served on board of state timber firm facing lawsuits
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
While preparing a run for the White House, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made headlines by resigning from several corporate positions at year's end. Less noticed: One of the companies where he served on the board, Florida timber company Rayonier Inc., faced a flurry of lawsuits not long before his exit. One case alleges a company facility in Georgia violated the Clean Water Act and contaminated the Altamaha River, and five others suits filed by investors contend the company made false and misleading statements that caused them losses. All are active in court.
Activists slam timber investment plan
The Bangkok government's proposal to allow foreigners to invest in forestry plantation programs will lead to a massive land grab, civic groups representatives say. The representatives expressed concern about a land grab Wednesday and demanded the government review the plan when its subcommittee — responsible for preparing Thailand for the commencement of the commencement of the Asean Economic Community later this year — meets Thursday.
Tasmanian Government referred to anti-corruption watchdog over
ABC Australia via Yahoo News
The Tasmanian Government's reversal of its predecessor's sawmiller exit payout scheme has been referred to the state's anti-corruption watchdog. State Greens Leader Kim Booth said Resources Minister Paul Harriss had serious questions to answer over the decision, and requested the Integrity Commission investigate.
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