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, 29 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0800University of Wisconsin Researchers Discover How Streptomyces Degrades Cellulose new analysis of the bacteria Streptomyces reveals the way some strains of the microbe develop advanced abilities to degrade cellulose, and points out ways how the industry could mimic those abilities for biofuel production.The University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers measured the abilities of more than 200 types of Streptomyces bacteria by gro...Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentScientists Develop Aspen Trees with Altered Lignin for Better Biofuel Production has been a problem for scientists interested in converting plant biomass to biofuels. A simple solution might be to engineer plants with less lignin, but previous attempts have often resulted in weaker plants and stunted growth. However, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, together with their collabo...Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentIndian Students Develop a Machine that Converts Cooking Oil to Biodiesel team of three students from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D) developed a prototype machine called FAME One, which converts waste cooking oil into biodiesel. The invention is eco-friendly and affordable, thus opening doors for its use in rural setups to convert oil seeds into diesel.FAME One utilizes the transesterification process...Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentMalaysia Implements B10 Biodiesel Despite Controversy is now preparing to roll out B10 biodiesel in the whole country's fuel supply. However, the decision is also causing controversy. B10 biodiesel, with 10% biofuel, will be implemented in the Southeast Asian country this June as part of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities' biodiesel program. However, the Malaysian Automotiv...Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0800Policy and RegulationThai Ministry Brings B20 Biodiesel Blend to Heavy Trucks Thailand, the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency signed a memorandum of understanding with Bangchak Petroleum and three other operators to use B20 biodiesel in their heavy vehicles. A feasibility study is also being conducted to evaluate the use of B10 biodiesel in military and government transports.The signatory compani...Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0800Policy and RegulationGreenyug to Build Ethanol-based Biochemical Plant in Nebraska U.S. technology company, Greenyug, is planning to build an industrial scale ethyl acetate manufacturing facility. Its newly formed subsidiary, Prairie Catalytic, will operate the plant.The chemical plant will be located near Archer Daniels Midland Co.'s (ADM) wet mill corn processing facilities in Columbus, Nebraska. ADM's mill will supply the ...Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsU.S. Ethanol Associations Set the Foundation for Ethanol Exports to South Korea U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its domestic industry partners have communicated with their South Korean counterparts to promote U.S. ethanol exports.A workshop hosted last week by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service in Seoul, South Korea, gave a summary of global ethanol supply and demand, offered information about past experience with ethano...Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsResearchers Study Sorghum's SWEET Gene Family is a newly identified family of sugar transporters. Although they have been characterized, there is still very little knowledge available on sucrose accumulation in stems. To understand the expression of SWEET genes of sorghum, the team led by Hiroshi Mizuno from the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences in Japan analyzed and compared...Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production