By Scott Edmunds, Executive Editor at GigaScience.

With greater awareness of the difficulties in making scientific research more reproducible, numerous technical fixes are being suggested to move publishing away from static and often not reproducible papers - which have changed little since the 17th century - to more reproducible digital objects that better fit 21st century technology. New research in the Open Access journal GigaScience demonstrates a potential approach through publishing open data and code in containerised form using Docker, and also allowing scientists to tackle…

The impact

By John Robinson, Software Consultant, Software Sustainability Institute.

Forest Growth SRC predicts the yield of woody biomass that could grow on an area of land, with an eye to producing biofuels. After successfully harnessing supercomputing to increase throughput by 18 times, the team behind Forest Growth SRC have secured stimulus funding which will allow them to seek a full research grant to develop the software further and ensure its continued use in the future.

Forest Growth SRC was developed jointly by the Centre for Biological Sciences at the University of…

Predicting biomass yield to enhance energy security and meet emissions targets

By John Robinson.

Bioenergy crops have the potential to enhance energy security and help meet the required reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Bioenergy provides around one tenth of global primary energy (energy contained in raw fuels). Increasing this contribution is difficult with first generation biofuels, such as bioethanol and vegetable oil, because they compete with food crops for arable land. Second generation biofuels overcome this problem by using non-food biomass, such as woodchips, which grows on land not suitable for arable farming.

The Forest…

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