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, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800Production and Characterization of Oil from Weed Species Ipomoea carnea carnea is a weed found in northeast India, particularly in Assam and West Bengal. The weed has high regenerative capacity and propagates through seeds and wood cuttings, making it difficult to eradicate. Prasenjit Saikia from Coal Chemistry Division of the CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology in India produced and characteriz...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentEvaluation of Switchgrass Overexpressing PvMYB4 Transcription Factor Gene (Panicum virgatum L.) is a leading candidate as biofuels feedstock. However, large-scale production from it is limited by recalcitrance, the difficulty to deconstruct plant cell walls. The team led by C. Neal Stewart Jr. of the University of Tenessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory aim to assess the field performance of switchgras...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentUPM's Renewable Diesel Plant Begins Commercial Production operations have begun at UPM's Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland. The 32 MMgy plant uses a hydrotreatment process developed by UPM to produce BioVerno, a renewable diesel converted from crude tall oil from wood pulp. A large portion of their feedstock comes from their own mills in Finland. UPM has a sales agreement with North European ...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800Production and TradeBoeing and Embraer Collaborate on Aviation Biofuel Research Center in Brazil and Embraer have opened an aviation biofuel research center to further establish the aviation biofuel industry in Brazil.At the Boeing-Embraer Joint Research Center in the São José dos Campos Technology Park, the companies will coordinate research on technologies that would create a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil with Brazil...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsSeven Percent Palm Oil Biodiesel Blend to be sold in East Malaysia industries and commodities minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas announced that 366 petrol kiosks in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan in Malaysia will begin selling B7 biodiesel by the end of January."The fuel, which meets international standards, will use 138,000 tonnes of palm oil biodiesel a year," he said, adding that the 7% palm biodiese...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsAlgae.Tec Technology Enters China Market China, Algae.Tec has made an agreement with China Finance Strategies Investment Holdings Ltd (CFS) to market its technology in the greater China region. Algae.Tec will issue CFS an initial US$ 500,000 convertible bond and an additional US$ 5,000,000 upon achievement of certain milestones."This is an exciting development for Algae.Tec following o...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsIMECO to Build Desert Bioenergy Pilot Project in UAE on the research of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) announced that it is awarding a contract to International Mechanical and Electrical Co. L.L.C. (IMECO) to construct the world's first bioenergy pilot project to use desert land and seawater to produce both bioenergy and food in ...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsEcuadorian Researchers Evaluate Antarctic Algae as Biofuel Feedstock at the Faculty of Chemistry of the Central University of Ecuador in Quito hope to use biofuel in the Ecuadorian scientific base Pedro Vicente Maldonado in Fort Williams point, Greenwich Antarctic Island to reduce the environmental impact on the white continent. The research is led by Professor Ronny Flores and is supported by the Ecuador...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production