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 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800MSU Researchers Develop Biorefinery to Convert Animal Wastes into Energy and Chitin digestion (AD) is an effective and widely used technology to treat feedstocks for bioenergy production. However, the AD is limited by two by-products of the nutrient-rich liquid digestate and the fiber-rich solid digestate. To overcome these, Zhiguo Liu and a team from Michigan State University, demonstrate a biorefinery concept to utiliz...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentUniversity of California Researchers Discover Sorbent that Boosts Microbial Ethanol Production manufacturers rely on acid treatments to break down plant material to extract sugars for biofuel production. However, the process generates sugar solutions contaminated with 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and other furanics, which are toxic to the fermenting microbes and limit their efficiency. They are also tough to separate from sugar solu...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentLanzaTech and Virgin Atlantic Develop Jet Fuel from Industrial Waste Gas fuel specialist LanzaTech has produced jet fuel from waste gases for Virgin Atlantic. The company calls their jet fuel ‘Lanzanol'. LanzaTech has been working with Virgin to produce the world's first jet fuel derived from industrial waste gases from steel mills via a fermentation process.The Lanzanol was produced in China at the Shougang ...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsUS Navy Assesses 100% Advanced Aircraft Biofuel US Navy Boeing EA-18G electronic attack aircraft recently completed a 100% biofuel flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. The "Green Growler" aircraft flew using a bio JP-5 fuel instead of the petroleum based JP-5.Lt. Cmdr. Bradley Fairfax, project officer and test pilot with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, said that ...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsNeste to Sell 100% Renewable Diesel in Finland by 2017 refiner and renewable solutions developer Neste plans to launch their diesel produced from renewable raw materials at selected stations in Finland by the start of 2017. The launch is Neste's way to participate in Finland's centennial independence in 2017, known as 'Finland 100 years'.Majority of the feedstock Neste uses to refine the renewable ...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsSeaweed Farms are Capable of Becoming an Important Biofuel Source in United Kingdom new report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the UK suggests that seaweed farms could be a vital source for biofuel production.In the report, seaweed was deemed important since its cultivation does not compete for land and freshwater with crops. Seaweeds possess important qualities for biofuels feedstock such ...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels ProductionMushroom-Grower Uses Mushroom Waste to Produce Compost and Heat Champignonkwekerij Gemert (CKG) has opened a plant, Upcycling Gemert, which converts organic waste from growing mushrooms into compost, fuel and renewable heat.CKG produces five million kilos of mushrooms annually, and creates a lot of organic waste. The culture remains of these mushrooms are wet biomass, known as mushroom compost....Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels ProductionResearchers Evaluate Azolla as Biofuel Feedstock aquatic fern Azolla is a fast-growing, nitrogen-fixing plant that can be a potential source of biomass for biofuel production. The team of Paul Brouwer from Utrecht University in the Netherlands analyzed the lipid fraction from Azolla filiculoides to test its suitability for biodiesel production.The harvested biomass contained 7.92 % crud...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production