CropBiotech Updatehttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/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 Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA).en-usWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800Aberystwyth University Graduate Student Converts Diapers into Biofuelhttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15090Every year, the UK produces 1 million tonnes of Absorbent Hygiene Product (AHP) waste with the majority going to landfill sites and contributing to the build-up of greenhouse gas emissions.Joe Freemantle, a biology graduate of Aberystwyth University, could provide a solution. He has developed a process that turns disposable nappies, incontinence pa...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentResearchers Engineer Ashbya gossypii for the Production of Microbial Oilshttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15101Ashbya gossypii is a fungus used for the industrial production of riboflavin. Its ability to grow in low-cost feedstocks, inexpensive processing and availability for genetic modifications make it a good subject for production. Recently, it has also been introduced as an ideal microbe for the production of microbial oils. However, it cannot consume ...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentThai Firm to Produce Cassava-based Ethanolhttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15088Japanese brewer Sapporo Holding has recently licensed the Thailand-based fuel retailer, PTG Energy, to produce cassava-based bioethanol. This will mark the world's first attempt at commercial production of ethanol from the pulp of the cassava.Sapporo's fermentation technology turns cassava pulp, discarded processing product, into a valuable raw mat...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsJapanese Firm Plans to Build One of the World's Largest Bagasse Processing Plantshttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15092Toray Industries, a Japanese synthetic fibres company, is aiming to procure sugarcane waste from Thailand to produce biofuels. The company plans to construct one of the world's largest plants for processing bagasse, the fibrous residue from crushing sugarcane for sugar production.Thailand is Asia's largest sugarcane grower and the fourth largest in...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsNew York Governor to Lead NY Back To Hemp Productionhttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15097New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to alter regulations and legislation banning hemp from wide-scale production. SUNY Morrisville will also be helping lead the state back in growing hemp as well as its economy.Hemp is the same species as marijuana and looks very similar to it, but without the chemical that gives you the high. The stalk and seed f...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsFilipino Students Produce Bioethanol from Tarohttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15089A group of students from St. Louis University in the Philippines has created alternative fuel from the taro plant, locally known as gabi.Due to this breakthrough, the team received the Business and Idea Development Award last October 2016 from the Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry for their biofuel invention dubbed as "Bio-Gab"."Bio-Gab"...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels ProductionResearchers Study Traits of Field-Grown COMT-Downregulated Switchgrasshttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15091The downregulation of the caffeic acid O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene in the lignin biosynthesis pathway of switchgrass reduced the conversion recalcitrance of the biomass. However, lignin biosynthesis is extremely affected by environmental conditions, thus, knowing the consequences of the changes in field-grown plants is essential to evaluate the...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels ProductionNeste and Bioenergy La Tuque Team Up to Evaluate Forest Residue for Biofuel Productionhttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15095Neste and Bioenergy La Tuque have started a collaboration to evaluate the potential of forest residues as a feedstock for biofuel production in La Tuque, Canada. The project supports Neste's goal of expanding the feedstock selection for biofuel production as well as increasing the use of waste and residues. The collaboration between the two will fo...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production