Qantas and Agrisoma Sign Partnership to Advance Aviation Biofuels in Australia

Qantas announced that it will operate the world's first biofuel flight between the United States and Australia. This is largely due to their new partnership deal.

Qantas has recently signed a partnership with Agrisoma Biosciences, the Canadian based agricultural-technology, which developed the Brassica carinata seed, a non-food, industrial type of mustard. The two organizations will also work with Australian farmers to grow the country's first commercial aviation biofuel seed crop by 2020.

Carinata produces a high quality oil which is ideal for the production of aviation biofuel, bio-jet for aircraft, and biodiesel for airport vehicles. Carinita also requires no specialized production or processing techniques.

Qantas International CEO, Alison Webster said the historic flight and the partnership is the first step in developing an aviation biofuel supply in Australia. Their work with Agrisoma will enable Australian farmers to start growing the seeds for the country's biofuel needs of the future. The trans-Pacific biofuel flight is deemed as a demonstration of what they can achieve with locally produced plants.


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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