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, 19 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0800Researchers Engineer Yarrowia lipolytica for Limonene Overproduction is known as an important precursor of flavoring, pharmaceutical, and biodiesel products. Currently, d-limonene is produced via fractionation from essential oils or as a byproduct of orange juice production. However, other methods more efficient methods should be explored due to the increase demand for limonene.To construct the limonene pat...Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentFenton Chemistry is Involved in Rice Straw Degradation by Pantoea ananatis bacteria have been revealed to be a promising resource for biofuel production. However, the underlying mechanisms are relatively unknown. A previous study have inferred that lignocellulose degradation by Pantoea ananatis Sd-1 might involve Fenton chemistry (Fe2+ + H2O2 + H+ → Fe3+ + OH· + H2O), similar to those of white-rot ...Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentUS Scientists Develop ‘Super Yeast' for Improved Efficiency of Biofuel Production scientists have found a way to nearly double the efficiency of industrial yeast strains in converting plant sugars to biofuel. According to University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center scientists, the newly engineered "super yeast" could boost the economics of making ethanol, specialty biofuels, and bioproducts.S...Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentIndia Cuts Prices of Ethanol Indian government's Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has revised the country's ethanol prices for its ethanol blending program. The revision will enable the public sector oil marketing companies (OMCs) to carry out the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme.The revision will set the price of ethanol at 39 Indian rupees per liter fro...Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsPennsylvanian Wastewater Plant Cuts its Energy Bill through Food Waste Co-Digestion $32 million upgrade to the Hermitage Municipal Authority Wastewater Treatment Plant in Pennsylvania, which allowed it to co-digest food waste, has significantly cut its energy bill.The plant has performed as expected, processing food waste from commercial sources to meet some of the plant's power requirements. The waste is passed through a dige...Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsNigeria to Plant Jatropha along NNPC Pipelines Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will soon commence the first large scale commercial biofuel venture. The project became necessary due to the increasing negative effect of fossil fuel on the environment.The NNPC said the corporation would plant jatropha (Jatropha curcas) plants along the borders of the over 5,000 kilometer-long NN...Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsFirst Seed Selection in South Africa for Project Solaris South Africa, seed selection for the development of Sunchem's solaris, a nicotine-free tobacco that produces high amounts of sustainable oil for biofuel production, has started since the launch of project. Since 2014, all of the seed selection has been done only in Italy.Seed selection is done to pinpoint varieties that would produce the best yi...Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels ProductionOak Ridge National Laboratory Develops Catalyst that Produces Ethanol from CO2 carbon dioxide is a byproduct of combustion, it can be a potential feedstock for the production of organic chemicals if an efficient procedure to convert it can be developed. Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory led by Dr. Yang Song report a nanostructured catalyst for the direct electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide to et...Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0800Biofuels Processing