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, 18 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0800Second-Generation Ethanol from Sugarcane Industry Residues residues such as bagasse, straw, and tops are generated by the sugarcane industry. Hence, the use of these residues for second-generation (2G) ethanol production could increase its viability. Cristiane Sanchez Farinas of the Federal University of São Carlos and the Embrapa Instrumentation in Brazil studied the use of the lignocellul...Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentLipid Recovery from a Vegetable Oil Emulsion Using Microbial Cultures waste streams have relatively high vegetable oil content, which is a potential resource that should be recovered. Hence, Jelmer Tamis from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands investigated microbial storage compound production for the recovery of lipids from unsterilized lipid-water emulsions in a sequencing batch reactor usin...Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentResearchers Introduce Metabolic Path into Yeast to Improve Biofuel Production from the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), a partnership that includes Berkeley Lab and the University of California (UC) Berkeley, have found a way to increase the yeast's production of fuels and other chemicals by introducing new metabolic pathways into them. These pathways enable the microbes to efficiently ferment cellulose and he...Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentNASA Purchases Gevo's Biojet Fuel Inc. has announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) purchased its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for aviation use. Gevo's ATJ is manufactured at its demonstration biorefinery Texas using renewable isobutanol produced at its isobutanol plant. NASA has been studying the effects of alternate biofuels on engine pe...Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsPoland Using Biodiesel Production to Counteract Effect of Russia's Import Ban Polish government is pushing for increased biodiesel in an effort to make up for Russia's import ban of agricultural goods.Poland wants to increase their biodiesel blend from 7% in 2014 to 10% blend by 2020. The main priority is to produce biodiesel from rapeseed and ethanol from corn. The biggest advantage of rapeseed as raw material is its hi...Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsEthanol Plant in Uganda Provides Market for Cassava Farmers in northern Uganda finally get a market for their cassava after an ethanol extraction factory opened in Lira. The facility is expected to boost local cassava prices. The Kamtech Logistics plant is a joint venture between Ugandans, Saudi Arabians and Lebanese investors.Cassava production in Uganda has increased after the country received $30...Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsUniversity of Illinois Picks Miscanthus for Ethanol Production recent study by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne compared the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn stover.The study used real data from the University of Illinois energy farm and other locations across the country to calibrate the model. The model then simulated yields and greenhouse gas savings...Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels ProductionArvegenix Attempt to Domesticate Pennycress for Biofuel Production or "stinkweed" (Thlaspi arvense) has caught the attention of officials of Arvegenix, a St. Louis science startup company. This is because pennycress seeds have the potential to produce the world's next big biofuel as well as to provide feed for livestock.Biofuel from pennycress seeds, "could end up in your tank, if you drive a diesel pow...Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production