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, 22 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0800Researchers Find Economical Way to Remove Lignin from Biomass at North Carolina State University have found a simple, effective and cheaper way to remove lignin from the plant biomass used to make biofuels, which may lead to more efficient and commercially viable biofuel production. The work was recently published in the journal Green Chemistry.The tough lignin polymer needs to be removed from the...Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentResearchers Extract Oil from Algae Without Wasting Them from Murdoch University (Australia), in collaboration with counterparts from University of Tsukuba (Japan), have developed a non-destructive algal oil extraction method, akin to 'milking' the algae as opposed to the conventional harvest-and-destroy approach.The researchers were able to extract oil repeatedly from the algae species Borty...Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentResearchers Produce Sugars from Biomass Sans Enzyme at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a non-enzymatic process that can produce sugars from plant materials like crop residues and wood, which can be chemically or biologically upgraded into biofuels. A paper on this work was published recently in the journal Science.The research team demonstrated a laboratory-scale proce...Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentFrench Company Shows Viability of Biomass-based Ethanol with Bacterial Process, a French technology company that designs and develops new industrial processes based on the utilization of Deinococcus bacteria, has produced ethanol from biomass at a titer of 9 percent, which is near the maximum theoretical yield. Deinococcus is suited for industrial applications owing to its resilient characteristics and novel enzymatic...Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0800Production and TradeNew Biodiesel Plant Set in Switzerland Switzerland, Lugano-based BF Commodities has announced it will build a new second generation biodiesel refinery in the country. The facility will be ready to operate in June and is expected to produce over 5,000 tons of biodiesel a year from used cooking oil (UCO) and tallow. Based on the protocol "No Food for Fuel", the Lugano project will help...Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0800Production and TradeMissouri Firm to Implement Enzymatic Biodiesel Processing Technology Sun Energy announced the implementation of the company's new enzymatic biodiesel processing technology at its refinery in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA, making the facility the most advanced in the world. Blue Sun, with the support of its partner company Novozymes, developed a unique proprietary process for enzymatic biodiesel production. This new...Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0800Production and TradeNew Initiative to Develop Biofuel Supply Chain in UAE recently announced collaboration among Boeing, Etihad Airways, Takreer, Total, and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology will help drive the commercialization of sustainable aviation biofuels in the United Arab Emirates. Dubbed "BIOjet Abu Dhabi: Flight Path to Sustainability", the new initiative will develop a comprehensive framework fo...Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0800Production and TradeAustralian and Indian Firms to Build Biofuel Facility in India Ltd., an Australian producer of algal oils used to produce biodiesel, has announced that it is partnering with Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Limited (RIIHL) to build a pilot biofuels production facility in India.RIIHL, an Indian company with investments in various sectors, is investing AU$1.5 million for the project, with a...Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0800Production and TradeNew Study Emphasizes Ecological Benefits from Biofuel Crops at Michigan State University have shown that looking at the environmental benefits of biofuel crops and not focusing solely on biomass yield allows perennial grasses to be chosen as more viable options in a bioenergy crop production program. In the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the resear...Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0800Policy and Regulation