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, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Establishing Perennial Bioenergy Crops Using Companion Crops crops can add income when used for establishing perennial forage crops. Jacob B. Jungers, from University of Minnesota, and his team studied the companion crops' effect on biomass yield of different bioenergy crop types. They evaluated the effect through biomass harvests in the seeding year as well as the next two harvest years at four en...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentPretreatment of White Rot Fungi Improves Saccharification of Plant Biomass, pectin and xylan are effective barriers to cellulose extraction, and reducing them in cell walls will improve saccharification. This is the reason why microorganisms that can depolymerize lignin are of extreme interest in the biofuel industry. White rot fungi can be an effective pretreatment for lignocellulosic biomass before saccharificati...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentOverexpressed YML131W Gene Gives Saccharomyces cerevisiae Furfural Tolerance During Plant Biomass Conversion is one of the main aldehyde inhibitors generated in the pretreatment of plant biomass. The study, conducted by researchers from the Sichuan Agricultural University in China, reports of an uncharacterized gene, YML131W, highly induced by furfural stress conditions.YML131W was found to code for an aldehyde reductase, which is involved in det...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentGOL Flight 7725 is the First International Flight Completed Using Biofuel July 30, GOL flight 7725 completed the first international flight powered by Amyris-Total Biofuel.Brazilian airline GOL flew the biofuel industry's first commercial flight with Amyris' farnesane, the recently approved renewable jet fuel. The first flight came from Orlando, Florida and traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil. GOL committed to fly its Boein...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsJBEI Researchers Develop New Genetic Engineering Tool for Biofuel Crops new genetic engineering tool for biofuel crops has been developed by researchers of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI).The JBEI, a multi-institutional partnership led by Berkeley Laboratory researchers, have developed a method that enables scientists to identify and characterize the function of nucleotide sugar...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsSix Firms Interested to Open Ethanol Plant in Zambia least six companies have shown interest in building an ethanol production plant in Zambia.Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma said in an interview that about six companies had approached the Government expressing interest to set up an ethanol plant in the country.The Zambian government is currently compiling companies...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsBoeing, South African Airways and SkyNRG Tap "Solaris" Tobacco for Biojet Fuel Production recently announced collaboration with South African Airways and SkyNRG to make biojet fuel from tobacco."It's an honor for Boeing to work with South African Airways on a pioneering project to make sustainable jet fuel from an energy-rich tobacco plant," said J. Miguel Santos, managing director for Africa, Boeing International.SkyNRG is expan...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels ProductionUSDA Releases a Switchgrass Cultivar Designed for Biofuel Production researchers and their partners announced the release of Liberty, a new high-yielding, winter-hardy, switchgrass cultivar designed for bioenergy generation.The release of the cultivar is a milestone for ARS and a key accomplishment for CenUSA Bioenergy, a project funded by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture tasked to develop pere...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production