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, 10 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0800UK Researchers Aim to Clean up Tin Mine Using Algae the United Kingdom, a research project by the GW4 Alliance aims to clean up water from a tin mine using algae to harvest the precious heavy metals and produce biofuel at the same time. GW4 brings together the four leading research-intensive universities: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.Researchers from all four universities, together with Plym...Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentBelgian Researchers Turn Sawdust into Gasoline Belgium, researchers at KU Leuven's Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline.Using their new chemical process, they were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline, or as a component in plastics...Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentGlycerol is the New Raw Material for Biodegradable Plastic Production acid is a biodegradable plastic used mostly for packaging. Manufacturers use PLA for disposable cups, bags and other sorts of packaging. The demand for PLA is constantly rising and has been estimated to reach about one megaton per year by 2020.ETH researchers Konrad Hungerbühler and Javier Pérez-Ramírez in Switzerland have developed an e...Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentDelaying Floral Initiation Improves Biomass Yield and Reduces Lignin Content in Medicago truncatula A team led by Million Tadege and Kirankumar S. Mysore from The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation evaluated the effect of floral transition to biomass by manipulating flower onset in Medicago truncatula.Three mutant M. truncatula lines with altered flowering time and fertility were used for the study. They were, a delayed flowering mutant named verna...Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentNew Zealand SuperAnnuation Fund Invests on LanzaTech New Zealand SuperAnnuation Fund has invested $60 million into LanzaTech, which uses microbes to turn industrial waste into biofuels. LanzaTech plans to have its first commercial plant in operation in 2016. Other investors in LanzaTech include Khosla Ventures, Mitsui, Siemens, CICC Growth Capital Fund I, Qiming Venture Partners, K1W1 and the Mal...Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsBoeing Completes First Flight Using Green Diesel has completed the world's first flight using "green diesel," a biofuel widely used in ground transportation. Boeing powered its ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane on with a blend of 15 percent green diesel and 85 percent petroleum jet fuel in the left engine."Green diesel offers a tremendous opportunity to make sustainable aviation bio...Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsHo Chi Minh City Switches to Biofuel December 1, gasoline E5 will be widely sold at 58 filling stations in Ho Chi Minh City in accordance with the Government's plan to market the blend in seven provinces and cities including Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Can Tho, Quang Ngai and Ba Ria – Vung Tau.The government plan went into effect in December, which requires the city to gradual...Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsVertimass Receives Support from US Department of Energy fuel technology company Vertimass has been selected for the negotiation of an award to receive a $2 million grant from the US Department of Energy.The grant was awarded to enable the commercialization of 'green' catalyst technology that converts ethanol into petrol, diesel and jet fuel blend stocks that remains compatible with current transport...Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0800News and Trends