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, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800Overexpressed Soybean Gene Increases Lipid Content in Chlorella ellipsoidea attempts have been made to increase lipid content of microalgae for biodiesel through genetic engineering. Lipid accumulation was previously achieved but had limited cell growth. In this study by Zanmin Hu of Chinese Academy of Sciences in China, soybean gene GmDof4, known to affect lipid content in Arabidopsis, was inserted into Chlorella ell...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentTransgenic Corn Cellobiohydrolase Enhances Hydrolysis of Sugarcane Bagasse expression of biomass-degrading enzymes, such as cellobiohydrolases, in transgenic plants can potentially reduce costs of biomass saccharification. Mark D. Harrison from Queensland University of Technology in Australia, and his team, expressed cellobiohydrolase in transgenic corn and evaluated it as an additive for two commercial cellulase mixt...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentRhizobium Enhances Algal Biomass through Mutualistic Interaction plays a pivotal role in symbiotic interactions with plants. However, the study by researchers from Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology extends this mutualism to several species of green algae. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and gene clone library experiments of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Chlorella vulg...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentNational Cheng Kung University Scales-Up Waste Cooking Oil-to-Biodiesel Process Emeritus Aharon Gedanken from the Department of Chemistry at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, recently visited National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, to continue his research in converting waste cooking oils into biodiesel with the research team in NCKU."We are converting basically waste cooking oil into biofuel and now we can convert 3 lite...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsBrazil and the Philippines Drafts MOU to Share Sugar Expertise Philippines' Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) and the Brazilian government are currently drafting a Memorandum of Understanding regarding exchange of information on sugar production techniques. SRA Administrator Ma. Regina Martin recently visited Brazil and stated that the Brazilian government was looking to cooperate with the Philippines ...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsAfrican Projects on Sorghum and Millet Receive Funding from "Feed the Future Innovation Lab" projects in West Africa and four projects in Ethiopia have been selected to receive project funding through the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet.The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research in Sorghum and Millet, established in July 2013 at Kansas State University, is a consortium ...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsThe Polyester Bagging Method Proves Effective for Selfing Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) has a conditional self-compatibility which can be used to produce inbreds for biomass production. However, efficient and reliable bagging methods are unavailable for development of inbreeding. Researchers from Oklahoma State University, led by Yanqi Wu, studied the efficacy of polyester bagging method to facilitate...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels ProductionButanol Production from Leftover Beverages Olivieri, from UniversitÓ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, and his team aim to identify an alternative disposal process for the high-sugar-content beverages (HSCB) industry as well as contribute to the study of butanol production from non-edible feedstocks. The team evaluated HSCBs as a feedstock for butanol production by Clostridium ace...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production