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-usThu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800UNIST Researchers Turn Carbon Dioxide Gas into Diesel Fuel team of Professor Jae Sung Lee of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST discovers a new way to produce biofuel from carbon dioxide. In their study, the team presented the direct conversion of carbon dioxide to liquid fuels by reacting with hydrogen, generated by solar water splitting.The new delafossite-based catalyst is capable of producing...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentCosta Rican Graduate Students Produce Biofuel from Whey team of graduate students from Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC) has been studying whey and its potential as a feedstock in biodiesel production.Whey, the liquid produced by the coagulation of milk during the cheese making process, contains 94% water, protein, and fat. Their project, named Cibus 3.0, seeks to utilize bacteria to convert th...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentFungal Fermentation on Anaerobic Digestate for Lipid-based Biofuel Precursors digestate is the waste from anaerobic digestion, which still contains nutrients and lignocellulosic materials. Using these materials in the digestate can significantly improve efficiency of anaerobic digestion and generate value-added chemicals and fuel products from the organic wastes.A Michigan State University research team, led by Yua...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentUWM Food Scientist Engineers Lactic Acid Bacteria to Produce Ethanol fermentation of beer and wine can be contaminated with lactic acid bacteria, leading to the production of lactic acid rather than alcohol. This same problem affects the ethanol industry. Ethanol plants fight lactic acid bacteria with antibiotics. However, this is controversial since bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics.Lactic Solutions, a ...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentFinland Government to Implement 30% Biofuel Mandate by 2030 government of Finland has approved a new national Energy and Climate Strategy plan on how to reach climate targets by 2030.The government's goal was to have the share of renewables in the Finnish energy pool to surpass 50% in 2020s, with an end goal of reaching carbon neutrality. The share of biofuels in the fuel pool will also be increased to ...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsUniversity of Botswana Launches Experimental Vehicle to Assess Jatropha Biodiesel University of Botswana recently launched an experimental vehicle that uses B10 blended fuel, which is 90% petroleum diesel and 10% biodiesel.The launch was a follow up to a feasibility study on the production and use of biofuels in Botswana in 2007. The study also highlighted Jatropha curcas as the most promising feedstock. The Ministry of Mine...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsSt1 Plans Sawdust-Based Ethanol Plant in Finland firm St1 has signed letters of intent with Alholmens Kraft and UPM on a sawdust-based ethanol plant in the Alholma industrial area in Pietarsaari, Finland.The Cellunolix plant, which uses sawdust and recycled wood, is planned for UPM's Alholma industrial area. Alholmens Kraft and UPM would provide the project with services and commodi...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsHamburg Airport Uses 100% Renewable Diesel on Ground Fleet Corporation recently announced that Hamburg airport in Germany has started using its renewable diesel to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and reduce its carbon footprint.The renewable diesel will power heavy-duty vehicles, such as aircraft tugs and fire trucks, and will complement other alternative energies used in the airport. This move w...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and Trends