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Wanted: Louisiana State University post-doctoral
Louisiana State University
The Forest Products Business Development Program at the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, Louisiana State University, is soliciting for an individual to be hired as either a post-doctoral researcher or a Research Associate to participate in a prestigious $18 million USDA AFRI-CAP Program on bioenergy & biofuels.
Tobacco plants may boost biofuel and biorefining industries
Bioforsk via Phys.org
Researchers will genetically modify tobacco plants to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest raw materials. This may lead to a more effective, economic and sustainable production of biofuels.
Land Between the Lakes to temporarily halt new timber sales
The Associated Press via San Antonio Express-News
The U.S. Forest Service is halting new timber sales projects at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area after several months of public outcry. The Murray Ledger & Times local leaders have been lobbying the forest service to focus on preserving the area's old growth hardwood forests and to stop logging and burning hundreds of acres to create oak grasslands. According to Land Between the Lakes, an oak grassland habitat has a diverse understory of native grasses and wildflowers with oaks and hickories scattered throughout.
California jobless claims drop due to fewer layoffs in ag, forestry industries
Sacramento Business Journal
The number of people making new jobless claims across the country dropped by 20,000 to 268,000, according to a weekly report from the U.S. Department of Labor. California saw a moderate drop in new claims.
The four-week moving average was 285,000 or a drop of 14,750 from the previous week's revised average.
The number of people claiming unemployment benefits was 2.76 million, or a drop of 25,188 from the previous week. In comparison, there were 3.2 million people claiming jobless benefits at this same time in 2014.
California reported a decrease in jobless claims of 2,535. The state attributed the change to fewer layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry.
How wood could be the new oil, add value to Maine's forestry industry
Bangor Daily News
At the start of the modern petroleum industry in the 1850s, we devised ways to distill useful products from the otherwise largely worthless oily tar we now go to great lengths to extract, process and sell. With kerosene replacing whale oil lights and similar innovations, adoption of these products helped save precious natural resources. More than 150 years later, we so thoroughly rely on oil for heat, transportation and materials yet understand the reserves are finite, so we find ourselves needing to transition back to biomass. While few would suggest a return to whale oil lights the path to our future, most understand we need renewable alternatives to the limited petroleum resources that so thoroughly support modern society.
Alaska's Southeast state forest plan out for public comment
The state of Alaska this month is taking public comment on a draft plan for managing the newly created, 48,000-acre Southeast state forest. It's the third state forest in Alaska and much smaller than the other two state forests in the Tanana Valley and near Haines. The Southeast forest lands were set aside by the state legislature in 2010 and acreage was added the following year.
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Doubts persist about Australia's climate policy shift ahead of 1st emissions reduction auction
To many environmental and business leaders, Australia had a solid climate policy in place, centered around the country's carbon tax and a planned emissions trading system. But in scrapping the country's carbon tax last year, these leaders now believe the government reversed the progress the country was making in contributing to an international solution to the climate challenge.
India red sandalwood: Questions over 'smuggler' killings
Police in India's Andhra Pradesh state are accused of excessive force after killing at least 20 suspected red sandalwood smugglers. Police say they acted in self-defense, but human rights groups and politicians want an investigation.
Timber industry OK with 'threatened' listing for northern long-eared bat
The Arkansas Forestry Association says it can live with a recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to list the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species while allowing most forest management practices to continue unabated.
Microbe produces ethanol from switchgrass without pretreatment
U.S. Department of Energy via Phys.org
The conventional strategy for producing ethanol from plant biomass requires costly pretreatment and enzyme-driven reactions. Refining another strategy known as consolidated bioprocessing (CPB) could reduce costs. In second-generation CPB, a microorganism splits of water and ferments the products to ethanol, reducing the cost. Now, scientists engineered a strain of a CBP bacterium called Caldicellulosiruptor bescii that efficiently breaks down biomass without pretreatment. The microbe produces ethanol, demonstrating the successful conversion of switchgrass cellulosic biomass.
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