Researchers Redesign Sugarcane into Advanced Biofuel SourceSeptember 4, 2013
News article: http://today.agrilife.org/2013/08/29/sugarcane-retooled-for-biofuels/
AgriLife Today reported the sugarcane breeding work at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center aimed at developing a biofuel feedstock that will help reduce American dependence on petroleum by 30 percent by 2030.
Crossing distantly related plants and using molecular markers to track down genes, the Weslaco-based group seeks to create new generation of bioenergy crops that will eventually replace food crops like corn for the production of ethanol fuel. The research group headed by Prof. Jorge da Silva has created new sugarcane varieties with biomass that is at least nine times more efficient in producing ethanol than corn. By stacking favourable genes from different sources, they have introduced traits into these varieties that will allow them to grow outside the tropics such as cold and drought tolerance and resistance to diseases and insects.
Prof. da Silva expects to produce half a dozen varieties ready for release in about two years. As new plant materials are developed for efficient conversion to biofuels, facilities to process them are in the pilot stage of development.
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a non-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- Global Roundtable to Discuss Access to Information and Public Participation on GMOs
- Agri-biotech Laboratory Set Up in Ghana
- BMGF Funds Research Facility to Study Maize Lethal Necrosis in Africa
- NABDA DG: Biotechnology Key to Addressing Global Food Insecurity
- Quest for the Missing Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria
- Researchers Find Way to Improve Plant Defenses without Negative Impact on Growth
- Scientists to Develop New Soybean Varieties
- Sorghum Genome Insights to Benefit Crop Improvement
- Bangladeshi Scientists Decode Local Jute's Genome
- Vietnam-UK Team Decode Vietnamese Rice Genomes
- Researcher Reveals Secrets of Pineapple Nutrition
- India's Premier Science Academy Supports GM Crops
- EU Scientists: Animal Testing Not Necessary to Ensure Safety of GM Crops
- Royal Society Supports Research on the 'Hidden Half' of Plants
- Spread of Crop Pests Threatens Global Food Security
- Scientists to Improve Yield of Moss' Recombinant Proteins
- Pyramiding of Bt Genes into Cabbage Confers Effective DBM Control
- Scientists Assess Outflow of Bt Cotton Transgenes in Burkina Faso
Beyond Crop Biotech
- Scientists Decode Hamster Genome
- 2nd Conference on Cereal Biotechnology and Breeding
Subscribe to CBU: