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, 18 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800Berkeley Lab Scientists Develop Bacterial Strain for One-Pot Biofuel Production at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a strain that enables a "one-pot" method for biofuel production from pre-treated plant material.Ionic liquids are used to break down plant biomass. However, this same salt solvent impedes activity of the bacteria and the enzymes in later stages in bi...Wed, 18 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentSwitchgrass SPL Genes Affect Tiller Initiation and Biomass Yield SQUAMOSA PROMOTER-BINDING PROTEIN (SBP-box)-LIKE transcription factors (SPLs) change plant architecture and vegetative-to-reproductive phase transition significantly, making them promising candidates for genetic improvement of biomass yield. However, the SPL genes have not yet been investigated in herbaceous energy crops.Chinese Academy of Scie...Wed, 18 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentMine Dump Biofuel Project Shows Promise South Africa, green technology company G-Tech has had early success in its attempt to grow biofuel feedstock as part of a mine dump rehabilitation project. The project is situated in one of the gold dumps in the area to establish the viability of the concept.G-Tech rehabilitates wastelands by restoring indigenous biodiversity by ‘planting' polyl...Wed, 18 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentDeinove, TWB Partner to Optimize Deinococcus for Production of Desired Molecules France, Deinove and Toulouse White Biotechnology are collaborating with the MetaToul platform to create an inventory of the potentials of the Deinococcus in the production of molecules of interest, including biofuels.This mapping will serve as reference to identify and optimize all the metabolic pathways of the Deinococcus model to rapidly reach...Wed, 18 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsCalgren Ethanol Fuels Ventures into Power Generation ethanol producer Calgren Renewable Fuels has now invested in key co-products to sell aside from its 58 million gallons per year ethanol output.The Calgren plant in Pixley, California sells 400,000 tonnes per year of distiller's grain for use as animal feed to local dairies and feedlots as well as 1.5 million gallons of corn oil for local p...Wed, 18 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsMadrid Purchases 51 Biodieasel-Compatible Hybrid Buses this June, Scania will deliver 51 hybridized Scania Citywide buses to Madrid, Spain. The buses are said to be compatible with up to 100 percent biodiesel or renewable diesel and can run at speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour. Seven operators will be in-charge of the new buses on behalf of Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid, th...Wed, 18 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsBiotech Sugarcane Approved for Field Testing in Brazil Incorporated, an agricultural biotechnology company, has received approval to initiate field testing of its biotech sugarcane in Brazil, the world's largest producer of sugarcane.The company plans to test its biomass and sugar yield and stress tolerance traits in several commercial sugarcane cultivars adapted to Brazil's major production area...Wed, 18 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels ProductionSwansea University Develops Farm to Examine Seaweeds' Biofuel Potential biologists from Swansea University in the United Kingdom have installed a new seaweed farm in Pembroke Dock to look into the possibilities of using it for biofuel production. The farm has a unique design as researchers hope to also discover more about seaweed's health benefits.High in protein and nutrients, seaweed is one of the world's fast...Wed, 18 May 2016 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production