ESF Scientists Research New Way to Battle Bacteria
Jun10

ESF Scientists Research New Way to Battle Bacteria

Invention as the result of an accident is surprisingly common. Without a misconceived hypothesis, we may otherwise be without X-rays, super glue, or microwave ovens. A recent experiment at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has potentially added another life-changing invention: gene information suppression. “Basically, we’re interrupting the flow of genetic information in the cell, in effect...

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SUNY ESF Helps Keep Beverage Operations Clean and Efficient
May27

SUNY ESF Helps Keep Beverage Operations Clean and Efficient

This year’s Brewers Association Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) & Brew Expo America featured a presentation about an anaerobic digester system coordinated by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). Jim Kuhr, brewmaster and director of brewery operations at the at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company, outlined the process and benefits of the system that removes 80 percent of the organics from the Utica brewery’s...

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Getting More From New York’s Biomass
Apr29

Getting More From New York’s Biomass

Growing cereal grains as an energy source has been criticized for impinging on food production resources. In a plot twist, Shijie Liu, a professor of paper and bioprocess engineering at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, is looking at using wood, an energy crop, as the source of a food additive. Biorefinery processes convert biomass into energy and chemicals. Ethanol is made by a late step in processing, when six...

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Looking for Life on Mars
Mar25

Looking for Life on Mars

Up to half of all life on Earth consists of simple microorganisms hidden in rocks beneath the surface. Scientists have suggested that the same may be true for Mars. When meteorites strike the surface of Mars, they act like natural probes, bringing up rocks from far beneath the surface. Recent research has shown that many of the rocks brought up from the Martian subsurface contain clays and minerals whose chemical make-up has been...

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Research: A New Medical Imaging Innovation from Stony Brook
Mar18

Research: A New Medical Imaging Innovation from Stony Brook

Researchers at Stony Brook University have developed a safer, less-intrusive method to administer MRI scans.  They have used a breakthrough substance, called graphene, to view higher-contrast images of scans and achieve those images less intrusively. Graphene is a one-atom-thick sheet of pure carbon arranged in a manner similar to graphite.  It has gained huge publicity in the past few months as researchers all over the world have...

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