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, 12 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0800NREL Scientists Revive Algae from Cryogenic Storage National Renewable Energy Laboratory has developed a technique to cryogenically store and resurrect algae.The frozen algae samples are stored in vials in the dark inside a cryogenic tank set at -195 C°. The algae were alive, but dormant, due to a solution of a cryogenic protectant solvent. When reviving the algae, it is essential to keep them i...Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentStudy Shows Benefits of Biodiesel Blend in Buses Mineta National Transit Research Consortium has released its latest study based on laboratory and field experiments. Their study found that using biodiesel could effectively reduce the mass of particulate matter released in both hot and cold idle modes. The study was led by Ashok Kumar and Dong-Shik Kim from the University of Toledo. The study ...Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentAlcoholes de Uruguay Launches Project to Convert Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel company Alcoholes de Uruguay (Alur) has started a project to convert used cooking oil into biodiesel.The head of Alur's oleaginous products and derivatives unit, Nicolas Ferrari, has announced that a green-colored "smart" container was already installed to gather used cooking oil in a school in Montevideo and will gradually set up others nation...Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsAbengoa to Build Belgian Biomass Plant Spanish energy and environment company Abengoa SA (ABG/P) is now scheduled to build one of Europe's largest biomass projects for Belgian Eco Energy NV. The 215-megawatt heat and power plant in Ghent will cost at least 315 million euros to develop and will use wood chips and agricultural residue as feedstock.Abengoa opened its first facility tha...Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsNorway Accomplishes First Biofuel Flights carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle and SAS Scandinavian Airlines conducted their first biofuel flights in Norway last November 11, 2014. Two flights made relatively short trips to Oslo using 48% biofuel in their tanks. The heads of both airlines "believe this is the future."SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson said SAS has been working to speed up commercia...Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsJapanese company makes plans for biodiesel facility in the Philippines Japan has selected Davao City, Philippines, to set up a used cooking oil-based biodiesel plant.Biomass Japan will collect all used cooking oil from restaurants and households, filter and process this into biodiesel, which can be used by cars and generators according to Ivan Cortez, officer-in-charge of Davao City Investment Promotion Centre...Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsPhD Student Aims at Turning Toxic Wood Pulping Waste into Biofuels Biot-Pelletier, a Concordia PhD candidate in biology, hopes to revive the pulp and paper industry in Canada through synthetic biology.His research is looking at transforming sulfite liquor, a toxic by-product of wood pulping, into biofuels. This can turn a pulp or paper mill into biorefineries and generate new streams of income from transfor...Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels ProductionResearchers Evaluate Biodiesel Production from Tilapia Oil at the State University of West Paraná (UNIOESTE) evaluated tilapia oil's potential in producing biodiesel.Fish oil production is an alternative technology to use the waste generated from tilapia processing, such as guts, fins, heads, skin, scales and mixed wastes. Researchers led by Gislaine Iastiaque Martins used tilapia waste from Coo...Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production