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, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0800Transgenic Saccharomyces cerevisiae Reduces Lactobacillus Contamination during Fermentation species are the predominant contaminants during fermentation that decrease the profitability of biofuel production. Current antibiotic treatments against these contaminants have led to emergence of drug-resistant bacterial strains. Researchers from the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research Service of the US Department ...Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentTrichoderma koningiopsis FCD3-1 Strain Possesses Great Potential in Bioethanol Production, the most abundant biomass on earth, is commonly degraded by cellulases from microorganisms. Trichoderma reesei has been explored for cellulase production. However, it has low beta-glucosidase activity, which is vital in cellulose hydrolysis. Guangxi University researchers in China led by Jia-Xun Feng isolated new fungal strains from fore...Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentTransgenic Phaeodactylum tricornutum Possesses Increased Glycerol Production, a glycerol, is formed through a pathway initiated by glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GPDH). Recently, this GPDH was found in the microalgae Phaeodactylum tricornutum, making it as a potential ideal material for biodiesel and bioactive compounds. Now, researchers led by Hong-Ye Li from the College of Life Science, Jinan Uni...Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentBrazilian Airline GOL Uses Amyris' Biofuel Farnesane in US - Brazil Flights is now partnering with Brazilian airline GOL to begin the first international commercial flight with the recently approved biojet fuel, farnesane.GOL has committed to fly its Boeing 737 fleet with up to a 10 percent blend of the renewable fuel on its U.S. to Brazil routes starting this month. Amyris' efforts to bring farnesane-based biojet f...Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsPetrixo Builds First Commercial-Scale Biofuel Facility Outside of North America Petrixo Oil and Gas has selected the green fuels technology of UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, to produce biojet fuel and renewable diesel in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.Petrixo, a Dubai-based company, will use the UOP technology to process around 500,000 metric tons per year of renewable feedstocks into biojet fuel and renewable diesel, trade...Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsU.S. Clean Diesel Car Sales Increased in 2014 and Baum and Associates recently compiled data of car sales and found that clean diesel car sales in the United States have increased by 25 percent during the first six months of 2014.The 2014 clean diesel total sales includes six months of consecutive sale increases, including double digit increases in March, April and May. June 201...Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsAccelerated Tetramethylpyrazine Production from Glucose using Diammonium Phosphate,3,5,6-Tetramethylpyrazine, or TMP, is a popular food flavor additive which also has a potential in dietotherapy functions, such as in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health. However, current production methods have low yields and efficiency. The China University of Petroleum researchers led by Zijun Xiao have found a temperature-controlled pre...Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0800Biofuels ProcessingAnaerobic Digestion of Molasses for Methane Production produce large volumes of waste streams with high organic content, such as molasses, which have potential for further processing. Anaerobic digestion can be a key technology for treatment of these sidestreams. However, the high concentration of salts in molasses can cause inhibition of methanogenesis. In this published research condu...Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0800Biofuels Processing