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 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0800Researchers Develop Process to Produce Biofuel Faster from the University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus have recently developed a new process that will be a key to cheaper biofuels. The traditional process of producing methane from fermentation can take weeks to months. However, the new pretreatment process cuts the production time nearly in half.The new process pretreats the organ...Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentCo-expression of Yeast and Arabidopsis Genes Enhances Triacylglycerol Accumulation in Phaeodactylum are promising sources for producing valuable products such as biofuel and essential fatty acids. However, there are still challenges impeding commercial production of microalgal products, such as low yield. The team of Nodumo Nokulunga Zulu from University of Goettingen aims to enhance triacylglycerol (TAG) accumulation in the diatom Pha...Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentMetabolic Engineering of E. coli for N-Butanol Production glycerol, a waste from the biodiesel production process, can be an abundant and renewable resource. However, the glycerol-based industry is usually affected by the cost for refinement of crude glycerol. Mukesh Saini from the Feng Chia University in Taiwan aimed to address this issue by developing a microbial process that converts crude glycer...Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentFrance to Take Petrol and Diesel Cars Off the Market by 2040 is set to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040. This is a part of the country's commitment to the Paris climate deal.While there are concerns on how France's automotive industry would deal with the new rule, France's ecology minister Nicolas Hulot said that French car makers are equipped enough to adapt. He believes that car make...Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0800Policy and RegulationWorld's First Waste Gas-to-Bioethanol Refinery to be Built in India fuel retailer Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and the carbon-recycling company Lanzatech have signed a partnership to build the world's first off gas-to-bioethanol refinery in India. The new facility is set to be constructed at IOC's Panipat refinery in Hayrana.Lanzatech has developed a gas fermentation process that uses a biological catalyst to f...Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsBiodiesel-Fuelled Trains Coming to the Netherlands has recently won the next contract to operate regional passenger rail services in Groningen and Friesland, in the Netherlands. This development will see 18 new biodiesel trains added to the rail network in the area - one of the first steps in the transition to an emissions free electrical network. The new contract will run for 15 years and w...Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsTesoro Refinery Looking to Develop a Vegetable Oil-to-Fuel Facility Dickinson, North Dakota-based oil refinery is planning to implement an 8,000 barrel-per-day diesel hydrotreater to process soybean or distillers corn oil into renewable diesel. The North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) has also awarded the Tesoro Refinery a grant to help meet the project's cost.The new facility will treat 16,800 gallons of ...Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsUniversity of Dayton Researchers Develop Efficient New for Growing Algae has emerged as a major player in the field of cleaner and renewable energy resources. However, it is vulnerable to fluctuations in weather and temperature, limiting their production.Researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute have now addressed that limitation by designing an outdoor, fully automated, closed system designed to ...Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production