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, 27 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0800Newly Discovered Bacteria may Enable Photosynthetic Biofuel Production bacterium found in the Gobi Desert may become a valuable partner for researchers working with biofuels. The bacterium has photosynthetic ability and researchers have discovered that it can be found in many different places, including water treatment plants.Researchers have discovered that bacteria belonging to the understudied phylum Gemmatimonad...Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentUniversity of Georgia Receives Grant to Study Johnson Grass in Hopes of Improving Sorghum team of researchers led by faculty at the University of Georgia have received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find new ways of battling Johnson grass, one of the most widespread agricultural weeds in the world.Over the course of the project, the researchers will develop a better understanding of the weed's capabiliti...Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentDownregulation of C3′H or C4H in Eucalyptus urophylla  Eucalyptus grandis Leads to Increased Sugar Extractability reduction has the potential to reduce costs in biomass processing and lignocellulosic ethanol industries. National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Angela Ziebell and her colleagues developed two sets of Eucalyptus urophylla Eucalyptus grandis: an RNAi downregulated in p-coumaroyl quinate/shikimate 3′-hydroxylase (C3'H) and an RNAi down...Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0800Research and DevelopmentAbu Dhabi will Debut World's First Facility to Produce Food and Biofuels Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), Boeing and Honeywell UOP, claims that they will soon launch the world's first bioenergy research facility using desert land and seawater, to produce both food and aviation fuels in Abu Dhabi.The facility will be launched in March and is located at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. The pilot plant will i...Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsOslo Airport to Supply Jet Biofuel for Airlines Airport in Norway has become the world's first airport to offer jet biofuel from the Camelina plant to all airlines. The Lufthansa Group, SAS, and KLM have already signed agreements to purchase the fuel.Avinor, the managing company of Norway's state-owned airports, and Air BP say the beginning of biofuel deliveries at Oslo represents the start...Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsVietnam Government Orders Cities to Switch Completely to Biofuel Vietnamese government has ordered Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and six other cities and provinces to switch completely to a locally-produced biofuel starting June 2016 as consumption of the 5-percent ethanol blended E5 has not met its target.Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said that the eight cities and provinces need to make more efforts to p...Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0800News and TrendsScientists Develop New Method for Cheap Biofuel Production from the Melbourne School of Engineering in Australia have discovered a new way to deliver carbon dioxide to microalgae which can be harvested to make renewable fuels.Carbon dioxide is well known to speed up the growth of microalgae. However, the carbon dioxide has to be free of contamination or the algae will die. Researchers discovere...Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0800Biofuels ProcessingEnvironmental Assessment of Mild Bisulfite Pretreatment of Forest Residues for Biofuel Production production via pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulosic feedstock is a critical step in biofuel production. Mild bisulfite (MBS) pretreatment is an emerging option for the breakdown of biomass into fermentable sugars. University of Washington researchers, led by Ikechukwu C. Nwaneshiudu, assessed the sustainability of the MBS pretr...Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0800Biofuels Processing