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An annotated selection of World Wide Web sites relevant to the topics in Microbial Biotechnology


  • Larry Wackett

    1. McKnight Professor and Head
      Microbial Biochemistry and Biotechnology
      Department of Biochemistry
      Molecular Biology and Biophysics
      University of Minnesota
      St Paul, MN 55108, USA
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Biofuels database


The biofuels database provides information on fuel compounds, metabolic pathways, enzymes and microorganisms. It also contains comparative information on similar molecules made by chemical processes.

Biofuel 3-D structures


This website allows users to search for protein structures for enzymes important in the process of making biofuels. Users can search on an enzyme name or the name of a bacterium.

Alternative fuels data center


The alternative fuels data resource was developed by the Department of Energy. It provides information on biofuels and efficient uses of energy.

DOE reports related to bioenergy


This page provides a library of bioenergy documents and links to related resources.

Oilgae: Oil from algae


Oilgae is devoted to the use of algae to make fuels. It contains information and also serves as a networking forum.

Biofuel gallery


The biofuels gallery contains a listing of names and chemical structures for compounds known to be important fuels. Links can be followed for further information on the compounds.

Bioenergy: Impacts of ethanol


This site by the U.S. Department of Agriculture discusses bioenergy and the general issue of fuel versus food.

Bioenergy: Wikipedia


This wiki page provides a nice general overview on bioenergy.

The 50 hottest companies in bioenergy


This is one person's list of the ‘top’ companies in the bioenergy field.

Bioenergy feedstock information network


This page is a gateway to information on biomass feedstocks: forestry residue, herbaceous crops, agricultural residue, municipal residue, oil crops, and woody crops.

Great Lakes Bioenergy Center


The Great Lakes Bienergy Center is one of three bioenergy centers supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The webpage provides links to its programs and resources.

BioEnergy Science Center


The BioEnergy Science Center is one of three bioenergy centers supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The webpage provides links to its programs and resources.

Joint BioEnergy Institute


The Joint BioEnergy Institute is one of three bioenergy centers supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The webpage provides links to its programs and resources.

Biofuels from forest resources


This web brochure provides educational material for laboratory exercises connected to deriving fuels from forest resources.

Biofuel feedstock genomic resource


This site focuses on the plant side of biofuel production. It contains some useful links to further information.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory


This national center focuses on all areas of renewable energy including biofuels.

Amyris biofuels


Amyris is a company that has transferred technology for producing sesquiterpene compounds into a venture for making next-generation hydrocarbon biofuels.

Gevo – Next generation biofuels


Gevo is a biofuels company. Their major technology is based on engineered bacteria that produce long chain alcohols.

Mascoma Corporation


The Mascoma Company focuses on converting cellulosic biomass to ethanol.



Solazyme is a company that develops technology based on photosynthetic microbes for generating renewable energy.

Organization of Biodiesel Environmental Chemists


This site focuses on biodiesel. Links to additional information from other sites is also provided.