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, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800Biodiesel Made Suitable for Standard Diesel Engines Using Three Catalysts in Germany have found a way to refine biodiesel to make it suitable for standard diesel engines.Biodiesel from plant material burns at a different temperature compared to petrodiesel. Hence, only specially designed engines can run on pure biodiesel or blends that contain substantial amounts of biofuel. Researchers in Germany have found a...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentResearchers Investigate the Effect of Genotype and Environment on Camelina Seed Yield and Fatty Acids (Camelina sativa L.) is an alternative oilseed crop with potential for biofuel production. Kansas State University researchers, led by Augustine Obour, investigated the effect of the interaction between genotype and environment on camelina seed yield, oil content, and fatty acid composition across two locations in the U.S. Great Plains.The...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentScientists Develop Algae Strain with Increased Fat Production from ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics (SGI) have developed an algae strain capable of converting carbon into energy-rich fat which can then be converted into biofuels. While using carbon dioxide to generate fat from algae is not new, the amount of fat produced by this new strain is significantly greater than from most algae.SGI and Exxo...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentMexico Upholds E10 Policy Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) has announced that it will increase the maximum amount of ethanol that can be blended in gas from 5.8% to 10%, excluding the cities of Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Mexico City. This comes as part of ongoing energy reforms in Mexico and is based on input from stakeholders in the government, private secto...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800Policy and RegulationCanada Seeks to Double Biofuel Mandates and Climate Change Canada is consulting with provinces and territories about increasing the use of low carbon fuels. It has prepared a paper outlining how the standard would address a range of fuels including liquid, gaseous and solid fuels. It would also include fuels used in industry, homes, and buildings.The objective of the standard...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800Policy and RegulationKuala Lumpur Set to Use B10 Biodiesel on City Fleet Malaysian Palm Oil Board recently announced that Kuala Lumpur City Hall is set to use B10 biofuel for all of its diesel-powered vehicles by the end of 2017. The goal was set as a part of their initiative to make Kuala Lumpur a ‘green city'.Since 2014, all diesel sold in Malaysia has 7% palm oil content, named B7. The government plan is to incre...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsUniversity of Minnesota Pilots a Scum-to-Biodiesel Plant from the University of Minnesota are starting a plant that converts by-products of wastewater treatment into biodiesel.Scum, a white, muddy substance produced during wastewater treatment, presents a significant waste disposal challenge. It is either sent to anaerobic digestion facilities to produce biogas, or disposed of in landfill. Ac...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsEthanol By-Product Found to be a Suitable Dietary Supplement for Cattle in Texas have discovered that a by-product of bioethanol production can be used as a cattle feed supplement.Cattle require specific diets for nutrition and weight gain. The new research found that as they get older, cattle find it increasingly difficult to digest a type of Bermuda grass - Tifton 85. However, they also found that by suppl...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800Biofuels Processing