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, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800NTU Researchers Develop Nanoparticle for Microalgae Harvest contains the highest fat content among biomaterials commonly used to produce biofuel, and it has replaced corn and barley as a favored source for the industry.This prompted a National Taiwan University (NTU) research team, led by chemistry professor Wu Chia-wen, to synthesize a magnetic nanoparticle for harvesting microalgae, extracting i...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentResearchers Search for Alternate Uses for Lignin research being led in part by Art Ragauskas of the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair for Biorefining seeks to find alternate uses for lignin, a by-product of biofuel production from lignocellulosic biomass. If successful, it would increase the overall profitability of producing biofuels, making them more a...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentIndonesia Pushes for Increased Biodiesel Use's biodiesel consumption is seen soaring to 7.9 million kilolitres next year, according to an industry body, adding that increased demand is crucial for the country to meet its goals on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.Indonesia, the world's top palm oil producer, is pushing greater biodiesel use to reduce its oil import and create more de...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsJapan to Build UCO Biodiesel Plant in the Philippines government of Japan recently launched a project in the Philippines to produce biodiesel from used cooking oil.The project, located in Davao City, aims to collect used cooking oil (UCO) from households and businesses for use in biodiesel production. This project marks the first time this technology is used outside of Japan, and the Japanese gove...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsBrazil Nearing Approval of Increased Biodiesel Blend Brazilian special committee on national development has approved a senate bill outlining the plan to increase the biodiesel blend in the nation's fuel supply.The new bill mandates a 7% of biodiesel be blended into diesel fuel, and the amount is set to increase to 10% within three years. Calls have also been made to further increase the blend to...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsJFE Engineering to Build First Waste-to-Energy Plant in Myanmar based waste-to-energy technology manufacturer JFE Engineering Corporation has received an order to build the first waste incineration power plant in Myanmar's (Burma) Yangon City using the bilateral Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) between Myanmar and Japan.The company explained that JCM is a scheme that enables Japan to achieve its emission r...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsGumweed could be Used as Jet Fuel for the Military Miller, a professor in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, is leading a project at the University of Nevada, Reno to convert roadside gumweed (Grindelia squarosa) into biofuel, which could help contribute to fuel supplies for the military.Gumweed contains extractable hydrocarbons which can be used for biodiesel. I...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels ProductionBiodiesel Production by a Tropical Mangrove Fungus Grown on Untreated Agro-Residues has recently focused on using agro-residues for growing microbial biomass as feedstock for biodiesel production. However, pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass is necessary, increasing production costs. Hardik Kakkad of the Savitribai Phule Pune University in India studied a fungal isolate from the tropical mangrove wetlands, Aspergillus...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production