Month: March 2015

Team of Kyoto and Ryukoku University finds thermophilic yeast for direct transformation of starch to bioethanol

A group around Jun OGAWA isolated a thermophilic yeast, Scheffersomyces shehatae JCM18690, which is thermoresistant and can metabolize starch directly due to a high content of glucoamylase. In addition, it is able to metabolize xylose. After 10 days cultivation in shake flasks, up to 9g/L ethanol was produced. The strain is believed to be able […]

Japanese team develops multi-spectral fluorescent reporter influenza viruses (Color-flu) as powerful tools for in vivo studies

The 10 center team generated influenza viruses expressing fluorescent proteins of different colours (‘Color-flu’ viruses) to facilitate the study of viral infection in in vivo models. On adaptation to mice, stable expression of the fluorescent proteins in infected animals allowed their detection by different types of microscopy and by flow cytometry. Satoshi FUKUYAMA et al., […]

JST introduces improved automatic translation system for science-related documents, JDream

The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has introduced a new high-precision automatic translation system, first for English to Japanese, but with Chinese to Japanese also being included in the future. JSTChina, with the introduction of an improved automatic translation system, hopes to improve translation of scientific papers from about 100,000 to about […]

Mitsubishi Chemical announces introduction of bio-based polycarbonate from April 1, 2015

Under the tradename of Durabio, the material, which is produced in a proprietary process from isosorbide which is obtained by dehydration of glucose, is already tested by Mazda for exterior automotive parts, will be produced at a scale of 1000 t/y, waiting for market response. MCC also anticipates strong demand for this new polycarbonatediol in […]

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