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, 27 May 2015 17:00:00 +0800Scientists Develop Improved Biodiesel from Fish and Cooking Oilhttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=13408Researchers from universities in Spain and Brazil have developed a biodiesel that is more resistant to oxidation by mixing fish oil with cooking oil. Scientists studied the properties of 13 different mixtures of fish, palm and cooking oils, as well as biodiesel from pure oils and found that biodiesel with improved properties came from a mixture of ...Wed, 27 May 2015 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentResearchers Produce Jet Fuel Compounds from Fungushttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=13409Washington State University researchers have found a way to make jet fuel from a fungus found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. They hope this leads to economical production of aviation biofuels in the next five years.Researchers led by Birgitte Ahring, director and Battelle distinguished professor at WSU Tri-cities used Aspergillus carbo...Wed, 27 May 2015 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentDead Zone-Forming Algae used to Produce Biofuelhttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=13414Farmers may be able to harness the algal blooms into a viable product according to a new study conducted by researchers from the American Chemical Society.Researchers, led by John B. Miller, designed a bioremediation system for preventing dead zones in farms by reducing the amount of nutrients flowing into bodies of water does developing into a dea...Wed, 27 May 2015 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentBacteria Eat Electricity and Converts Carbon Dioxide into Biofuelhttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=13415A group of researchers from the University of Southern Denmark are working on developing bacteria that can eat electricity from renewable energy sources and use it to convert CO2 into biofuel. The scientists intend to use genetic manipulations to convert the bacteria into miniature factories which can make any kind of organic product.The bacteria u...Wed, 27 May 2015 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentBiodiesel Used in the Volvo Ocean Racehttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=13410The Volvo Ocean 65 race boats that sailed into Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island for the North American Stopover are refuelling with biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil sourced from New England restaurants. As a sponsor of the stopover, the National Biodiesel Board is providing biodiesel blends for the race boats and all diesel generators and lan...Wed, 27 May 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsBrazilian Researchers Expect "Super Sugarcane" on the Market in Three Yearshttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=13412The energy cane, developed through genetic enhancement, is at an advanced stage of research and is already leading to new challenges.The "super sugarcane", with higher levels of fiber and biomass, has been developed for six years by the Sugarcane Center. It is designed specifically to produce electric energy or second-generation ethanol from straw...Wed, 27 May 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsECHEM to Use Rice Straw in Ethanol Productionhttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=13426The Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company (ECHEM) is looking to use rice straw in producing ethanol, according to company head Tarek Galal. He said the time of implementation depends on the prices of rice obtained from farmers and the speed of feasibility studies.Rice straw will be used to produce ethanol, which will be used to produce electricit...Wed, 27 May 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsBiomass Waste-to-Energy Plant Set for the Philippineshttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=13428An 8.8-megawatt (MW) facility using GE's gas engines will use organic waste from sugar cane and molasses from an alcohol distillery to power 22,000 homes in the Philippines.Aboitiz Power subsidiary's Aseagas Corporation has signed agreement with GE's Distributed Power business to power its first waste-to-energy plant in Lian, Batangas in the Philip...Wed, 27 May 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and Trends