CropBiotech Update 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, 4 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800Potential Applications of Glycoside Hydrolase from a Thermophilic Bacteria enzymes have attracted attention for their advantages in biofuel production. The team of Xiaowei Peng from the Chinese Academy of Sciences explored efficient thermophilic glycoside hydrolases that can accelerate the industrialization of biofuels and biochemicals.A multifunctional glycoside hydrolase (GH) CoGH1A was cloned and expressed...Wed, 4 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentMexico Found Ideal for Growing Microalgae for Biodiesel study conducted by experts from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the University of Newcastle, UK, concluded that Mexico is ideal for developing the growth of certain species of microalgae, which can be used as feedstock for biodiesel.According to Dr. Sharon Velazquez Orta, from UNAM and attached researcher at the Department...Wed, 4 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentCo-Production of Hydrogen and Ethanol by Engineered Escherichia coli hydrogen (H2) production suffers from low carbon-to-H2 yield. Hence, a co-production of ethanol and H2 has been proposed as a solution.For improved co-production of H2 and ethanol, the team of Balaji Sundara Sekar and Eunhee Seol from Pusan National University in South Korea developed Escherichia coli BW25113 (SH*ZG). The developed str...Wed, 4 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentUniversity of Greenwich Studies Biofuel from Macroalgae at the University of Greenwich have conducted a study that views opportunities for macroalgae production for biofuels in the British Isles. Specifically, they studied the processing pipeline for the sustainable production of biofuels from seaweed.The production of biofuel from seaweed was economically, energetically and technically chal...Wed, 4 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentAir New Zealand and Virgin Australia Search for Biofuel Opportunities New Zealand and Virgin Australia has announced a partnership to investigate options for biofuel. They have already issued a Request for Information (RFI) to the market to explore opportunities in procuring locally-produced aviation biofuel.Air New Zealand chief flight operations and safety officer Captain David Morgan said the airline recognize...Wed, 4 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsAustralian Researchers Aim to Develop Sugarcane Waste-to-Energy Technology Queensland University of Technology researchers are developing new technologies to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the sugar industry.While the sugar industry produces large amounts of bioenergy from sugarcane bagasse with surplus electricity, significant amounts of fossil-based fuels are still used in sugarcane production and in factory o...Wed, 4 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsMercedes-Benz to Power Vehicles with Biodiesel in India luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz has offered to power its cars and other vehicles with biodiesel in India. This follows the bar set by the Supreme Court on registration of diesel-run SUVs and high-end cars with engine capacity of 2000 CC and above in the National Capital Region. Mercedes has already sent a letter to Road Transport and Highways...Wed, 4 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsIndia Inaugurates First Second-Generation Biofuel Plant Minister Harsh Vardhan today inaugurated the country's first second-Generation (2G) Ethanol plant at Kashipur in Uttarakhand.The plant, which has a capacity to consume 10 tonne of biomass per day, is based on the globally-competitive indigenous technology of converting lingo-cellulosic biomass to Ethanol. It is projected to converting all typ...Wed, 4 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and Trends