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, 1 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Yeast Mutant Produces Ethanol and Squalene from Crop Feedstock yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) capable of producing ethanol and other chemicals from agricultural feedstocks are of major interest to the biofuel industry. Swansea University's Diane E. Kelly, and her team, investigated the co-production of ethanol and squalene using S. cerevisiae strain YUG37-ERG1, where the squalene epoxidase (ERG1) is contr...Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentInoculation of Burkholderia phytofirmans Strain PsJN Improves Growth of Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is a perennial grass capable of growth on marginal lands and is a potential bioenergy crop. Previous studies reveal the positive effect of inoculation of switchgrass cv. Alamo with the endophyte Burkholderia phytofirmans strain PsJN on its growth and development. Jerzy Nowak and Chuansheng Mei from Virginia Tech in...Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentFarm-Scale Harvest and Storage Techniques of Sweet Sorghum for Better Ethanol Production major constraint for sweet sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) as a reliable biofuel feedstock is the fast biomass degradation due to its high soluble sugar content. An efficient way to overcome this could be an on-farm storing system of undistilled ethanol from sweet sorghum juice, while the remaining bagasse could be ensiled for complementary ...Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentMaverick Synfuels Introduces Modular GTL Methanol Plants Synfuels has introduced the first small-scale, modular methane-to-methanol production plant that can be integrated to a methane source. The trademarked Maverick Oasis system allows producers to monetize biogas and natural gas as an alternative to producing electricity.The gas-to-liquids (GTL) methanol plants are modular, and can be rapidly...Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsSchott and Algatech Sign New Agreement for Algal Production Studies and Algatech signed an agreement to strengthen their partnership following a successful study. Schott's Duran glass tubes significantly improved cultivation yield efficiency of Algatech's AstaPure. Nikolaos Katsikis of Schott and Raz Rashelbach of Algatech will present their results at the Algae Biomass Summit in San Diego.Algatech sought to...Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsOak Ridge National Laboratory Sequences the Genome of Clostridium autoethanogenum at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory were the first to sequence the entire genome of Clostridium autoethanogenum, an anaerobic bacterium used to produce fuel and chemicals from a range of raw materials and industrial wastes. Successful sequencing of the bacterium was vital to the biotechnology industry."With the c...Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsNew Biodiesel Plant will Produce Biofuels from Distillers Corn Oil biodiesel plant designed by WB Services, is under construction and will be integrated to the Adkins Energy LLC ethanol refinery in Lena, Illinois. The 2 MMgy biodiesel facility will use distillers corn oil, a co-product of ethanol production, as feedstock and will be capable of both enzymatic and chemical processing. The facility will begin produ...Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels ProductionResearchers Discover Easily Digestible Plant Straws for Biofuels biofuels from crop by-products could be made quicker and cheaper thanks to the work of researchers in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products at the University of York led by Professor Simon McQueen-Mason. Their team, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has discovered variant straw plants w...Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production