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, 22 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800MIT Researchers Find Supplements to Increase Ethanol Production of Yeasts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found a way to increase the ethanol production of yeast.They spiked the yeasts' growth medium with potassium and an acidity-reducing compound helping them tolerate higher concentrations of the ethanol. With those "supplements," commonly underperforming yeast made more ethanol than did ...Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentEffect of the Variation in Brassica napus Cultivars on Cellulosic Ethanol Yield variations in biomass composition can influence a plant's suitability for ethanol production. This may be particularly important in species such as Brassica napus, which has many different crop types for different purposes. Researchers led by Keith W. Waldron of the Norwich Research Park in UK tested straw derived from 17 B. napus cul...Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentBioethanol from Waste Gases Facility Planned in Europe companies announced their intent to build Europe's first commercial-scale production facility to create bioethanol from waste gases from steelmaking process. They said that bioethanol can cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 80 percent.ArcelorMittal, a steel and mining company, is joining LanzaTech, a carbon recycling company from New Zealand...Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800Production and TradeDuPont and New Tianlong Industry to Develop Ethanol Plant in China and New Tianlong Industry Co. Ltd. have announced an agreement to begin the development of China's largest cellulosic ethanol manufacturing plant, located in Siping City, Jilin Province in China.The agreement allows NTL to license DuPont's cellulosic ethanol technology and use DuPont Accellerase enzymes, to produce renewable biofuel from the...Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsEgyptAir Plans to Launch First Biofuel-powered Plane in a Year plans to launch its first plane run on biofuel by next year, said Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal during a graduation project ceremony for students of the Engineering Institute of Aviation and Technology.The Institute, in collaboration with the National Research Centre, has successfully produced biofuel samples matching the ASTM1655 n...Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsCoca-Cola and Liquid Light Sign Development Pact to Make PET Bottle Component from Waste CO2 New Jersey, Liquid Light and Coca Cola have signed a technology development agreement to accelerate the development of mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) from carbon dioxide. The technology enables more efficient use of plant material to make MEG, a major component for The Coca-Cola's PET bottle.A bioethanol production facility could make MEG from the C...Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsWastewater Biosolids are Fertilizing Sunflower for Biodiesel Production North Carolina, biosolids from a wastewater plant outside Raleigh are spread to a nearby field where sunflower is grown.The biosolids from the wastewater treatment plant is applied to the field as a fertilizer for the sunflower. The sunflowers in turn use the nitrogen keeping it from washing into the streams and rivers. The sunflowers are also h...Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels ProductionEU Formally Approves New Biofuel Rules Ministers have today officially approved the new rules to address indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts associated with biofuels. The rules must now be implemented for Europe to meet its energy targets for transport, says the European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE).The agreement introduces a 7% limit on the contribution of conventional ...Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800Biofuels Policy and Economics