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, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0800Deacetylation of Xylan Affects Lignin Properties of Aspen Wood from hardwood species is a good source of sugars for biofuels. However, extensive acetylation of hardwood xylan impedes lignocellulose saccharification by blocking xylan hydrolysis and causing inhibitory acetic acid during fermentation. The team of Xiaoyu Zhu and Yan Zhou from Chinese Academy of Sciences aimed to improve aspen saccha...Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentEnhancement of Lignocellulolytic Enzyme Production in Penicillium oxalicum production of lignocellulolytic enzymes is transcriptionally regulated by multiple transcription factors. Liwei Gao, together with Shandong University researchers have previously engineered a Penicillium oxalicum for improved cellulase production via manipulation of three genes in the cellulase regulatory network. However, the potential of modi...Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentArtificial miRNA Inhibition of PEPC Increases Fatty Acid Production in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii limitation, such as nitrogen depletion, is the most used method for improving microalgae fatty acid production. However, these harsh conditions also significantly inhibit algal growth. To avoid these problems, a team of researchers from Shenzhen University used artificial microRNA (amiRNA) technology to manipulate metabolic pathways and in...Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentAbu Dhabi Turns to Biodiesel for Waste Management Dhabi will soon start to turn waste into biodiesel under a new recycling scheme.The Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi, Tadweer will now provide permits to companies allowing them to produce biodiesel for use in buses and lorries. Leftover cooking oil, fat, and grease from kitchens in homes and restaurants across the country could be colle...Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0800Policy and RegulationUSA and Indonesia Launch Jakarta's Waste-to-Ethanol Project Jakarta, the first US-Indonesia municipal waste-to-bioproducts project, known as JababECO, was recently launched at an event attended by US vice president Mike Pence and the Indonesian vice president Jusuf Kalla.The municipal waste-to-bioproducts plant will process food waste into bioproducts, including bioethanol. When complete, JababECO will p...Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsAir Canada to Participate in Biofuel Tests Canada recently announced its participation in the Civil Aviation Alternate Fuel Contrail and Emissions Research project (CAAFCER). It is a research project led by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to test the environmental benefits of biofuel use on contrails.The project will measure the impact of biofuel blends on contrail formati...Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsUN Report Shows Zambia's Potential for Biofuel Industry United Nations University has recently published a paper reviewing the potential of a biofuels industry for Zambia, both domestic and the potential South African market. This comes after South Africa announced its plans to start blending mandates.The report also identifies potential biofuel feedstocks as crucial factors for establishing a viabl...Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsMcDonald's Qatar Invests in Renewable Fuels Mana Restaurants and Food Company, the owner and operator of McDonald's franchise in Qatar, has announced that the fast food chain will reduce its environmental footprint and adopt innovative ways to manage its wastes.McDonald's has developed an oil recycling program in collaboration with Green Brokerage for Oil (GBO). GBO will collect used oil ...Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0800News and Trends