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First Flight Imminent as South African Tobacco Crop to Jet Biofuel Project Earns RSB Sustainability Approval
September 30, 2015 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Green Air Online)  The South African ‘Project Solaris’ initiative that is developing an energy-rich tobacco crop for use as a feedstock for producing aviation biofuel has been awarded certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The project, formally launched in late 2014, has involved RSB from the start so as to ensure its standards have been incorporated into all aspects of the supply chain to ensure environmental and so…

Scientists Ask Obama For RICO Investigation To End Climate Debate
September 17, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

…efforts to prevent the public from understanding climate change resembles the investigation undertaken against tobacco.” The letter, which was signed by Kevin Trenberth, a UN IPCC Lead Author, says it drew inspiration from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who said on the Senate floor that there “might be a conspiracy here, and a civil trial could provide the tools of discovery needed to find out.” That tool would be the RICO (Racketeer…

The New Tobacco Road: A Path beyond Smoking for America’s Traditional Cash Crop
September 10, 2015 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tobacco’s been re-thought, re-engineered and re-invented as a platform for sustainable, low-carbon fuels, and green chemicals – who’s doing what, where and how?  … If tobacco’s reputation has fallen into disrepute on soil sustainability and smoking application grounds (and George Washington abandoned the crop in his lifetime, switching over to grain production), it’s being rehabilitated by a global resurgence…

Tobacco’s New Road: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Tyton Bio
September 10, 2015 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tyton BioEnergy Systems is manipulating the DNA of standard tobacco to boost its sugar and oil content, allowing the plant to be used as feedstock for both ethanol as well as biodiesel. The company is collaborating with local farmers on test plots to monitor the various production and harvesting methods that will lead to improved use of the crop for biofuels. READ MORE…

DEINOVE and Tyton Forge Partnership to Commercialize Unique Solutions in the Green Chemicals Sector
September 9, 2015 – 11:22 am | No Comment

…enzinga)  A technological and commercial partnership between Deinove and Tyton BioEnergy Systems, the leader in tobacco technology for green chemicals production  —  T he synergistic technologies are expected to provide techno-economic benefits in the production of renewable chemicals by lowering feedstock costs and optimizing processing DEINOVE (Alternext Paris: ALDEI), a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofue…

Project Solaris in South Africa Earns RSB Certification
September 2, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

…has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production of the energy rich tobacco crop “Solaris” in the Limpopo region of South Africa. Solaris is a nicotine-free and GMO-free crop variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil that can be used as feedstock for bio jet fuel. Project Solaris has involved the RSB from the start to ensure the incorporation of the RSB Standards into the development an…

Smithfield Foods’ Hog Production Division and Tyton BioEnergy Systems Announce Research Partnership
August 25, 2015 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

…ems announced today a research partnership to develop new applications for Tyton’s dedicated, non-smoking tobacco crop and the resulting soil amendment, filtration, and feed products within Smithfield’s hog production processes. The companies are pursuing mutual goals of protecting the environment while improving economic efficiency through this collaboration. The two companies are establishing field trials with non-smoking tobacco us…

CSIRO’s Tobacco Oil Project: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
July 28, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A game-changing new platform — in tobacco?  Controversial by its feedstock role for the cigarette industry, tobacco’s been unjustly overlooked. Yet, according to Australia’s CSIRO, “tobacco can greatly expand global capacity for renewable oil production.” In addition, “Leaf oil composition can be engineered for specific purposes (food, nutritional, industrial FA, fuel)” which “enables intensification of oil product…

Sustainable, Available, Reliable Affordable Bioeconomy Feedstocks: The Hottest Slides from ABFC 2015
June 11, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the advanced bioeconomy, the question for some time has been “how do you fund it?” or “how do you make it?”. But now, feedstock is becoming the key variable, it’s a case of “where do you find it?” “Feedstock is Key,” says Verdezyne CEO Bill Radany. Dr. Harry Baumes, Director of the USDA’s Office of Energy Policy and New Uses agrees. “Now that I have been involved with bioenergy/bioeconomy for almost a decade I h…

8 Hot Targets in Advanced Bioeconomy R&D
May 30, 2015 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Fuels, chemicals, pathways, and microbes that could shake it all up …  (H)ere are 8 Hot Targets that we can point to that could be game-changers in the world of making fuels, chemicals and biomaterials from pleasant alternatives to petroleum. The one you’ll note that is missing is the opportunities in depolymerizing lignin. We are hopeful to include significant progress on that front in a future update. 1. Nan…

Tobacco Plants May Boost Biofuel and Biorefining Industries
April 13, 2015 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Researchers will genetically modify tobacco plants to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest raw materials. This may lead to a more effective, economic and sustainable production of biofuels, they say. … Today the forest-based biorefining industries face huge challenges. The cell walls of wood biomass are very hard to break down and large quantities of enzymes are required in the industrial process. A Norw…

University of Wisconsin Study Based on Shaky Foundation of Faulty Data and Conclusions
April 13, 2015 – 11:29 am | No Comment

…oats, peanuts, peas, potatoes, rapeseed, rice, rye, safflower, sorghum, soybeans, sugarbeets, sugarcane, sunflower, taro, tobacco, and wheat. [3] See NASS, Statistics by Subject: Crops: Field Crops. [4] See:,_Chapter_1_US/st99_1_008_008.pdf  READ MORE and MORE (Science 2.0)…

What’s New, Different and Hot in Military and Aviation Biofuels
February 20, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

…d South African Airlines announced that South African farmers will soon harvest their first crop of energy-rich tobacco plants, an important step towards using the plants to make sustainable aviation biofuel. … In November, SAS along with the Lufthansa Group, and KLM, signed an agreement with Statoil Aviation for a regular supply of bio-fuel at Oslo Airport. … With a 50% bio-fuel mix, this will fuel around 3,000 flights between Oslo a…

DOE Accepting Comments on Engineered High-Energy Crop Proposal
February 6, 2015 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Engineered High Energy Crop (EHEC) Programs Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (draft PEIS), which evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with the DOE’s proposal to implement one or more programs to catalyze the development…

Tobacco, Alcohol And … Seaweed? Three Innovative Methods For Producing Biofuels
June 14, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

…ke ‘em if you got ‘em: Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California are working on converting tobacco plants into fuel powerhouses. …Bottoms up: The Scotch Wiskey Association of Scotland is currently constructing a nearly $100 million combined heat and power plant capable of generating up to 7.2 megawatts of electricity from nothing but whiskey byproducts. The process uses “pot ale” and “draff,” two waste products created…

Oxford Biodiesel Plant Commissioned
June 5, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

…and commissioned in May 2012. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Oxford Tobacco Research Station will operate the plant to produce a significant portion of its annual diesel fuel needs using recycled cooking oil from the State Fair, other smaller events, and from crops grown and crushed at North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus. The facility has 15,000 gallons of storage capacity in a 1,200-square-foot tank…

Smoking Out Potential: Repurposing Tobacco for Biofuels
May 2, 2012 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  …According to LBNL, the work focuses on transferring a hydrocarbon-synthesizing gene from cyanobacteria into a tobacco plant. The resulting plants would be able to produce fuel molecules within their leaves. Rather than undergoing a typical biorefining conversion process, the leaves would simply have to be crushed to extract the fuel.  READ MORE…

Initiation of the Biofuels Company Accelerator, the Biodiesel Plant, and North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus May 3, 2012 Oxford, NC
April 30, 2012 – 5:20 pm | No Comment
Initiation of the Biofuels Company Accelerator, the Biodiesel Plant,  and North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus  May 3, 2012   Oxford, NC

…virgin or recycled fats and oils into 35,000 gallons per year of high-quality biodiesel. The NCDA&CS Oxford Tobacco Research Station will operate the plant to produce a significant portion of its annual diesel fuel needs, using recycled cooking oil from the North Carolina State Fair. The facility has 15,000 gallons of storage capacity in a 1,200 square-foot tank farm. In addition to being a working biodiesel plant, the facility will serve as…

Commission to Decide if Farms Allowed to Produce Ethanol
April 27, 2012 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

…nce, as much as 10,000 gallons a year of ethanol could be made on property zoned for agricultural use and — with a special use permit — on suburban residential tracts. No retail sales would be allowed, and the ordinance would not apply within the city of Rome. Assistant County Manager Noah Simon said the production process is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.    READ MORE…

Hemingway’s Cats and Tobacco Road
February 29, 2012 – 10:22 am | No Comment

…erkeley, California. A $4.9 million ARPA-E project led by LBL scientist Christer Jansson. The goal? To engineer tobacco plants to directly produce hydrocarbon fuel molecules, which are them retrieved from the plant, when it is crushed for processing – no need for conversion at all – simply a matter of growing hydrocarbons, and harvesting. Just as we have grown and harvested carbohydrates, lipids and proteins since time immemorial.  READ MORE…

Transcriptional Changes Related to Secondary Wall Formation in Xylem of Transgenic Lines of Tobacco Altered for Lignin or Xylan Content which Show Improved Saccharification
December 9, 2011 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

…(Science Direct)  In this study, an EST library (EH663598–EH666265) obtained from xylogenic tissue cultures of tobacco that had been previously generated was annotated. The library proved to be enriched in transcripts related to the synthesis and modification of secondary cell walls. The xylem-specific transcripts for most of the genes of the lignification and xylan pathways were identified and several full-length sequences obtained. Gene expres…

Department of Energy Awards $156 Million for Groundbreaking Energy Research Projects
September 30, 2011 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

…with less processing prior to the pump. If successful, PETRO will create biofuels from domestic sources such as tobacco and pine trees for half their current cost, making them cost-competitive with fuels from oil. Example PETRO Project: University of Florida – Gainesville, Florida ($6.3 million). The University of Florida project will increase the production of turpentine, a natural liquid biofuel isolated from pine trees. The pine tree developed…

A.I.M. Interview: OriginOil’s Paul Reep
June 6, 2011 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

…nd it isn’t so quick to adopt and change. For something like converting farms to algae cultivation, I think the tobacco producers might have a more symbiotic relationship. There is more opportunity for them to move away from the production of tobacco into energy crops. But, in the Midwest, production is likely to stay the same for the foreseeable future. …I think what we’ve been able to do is attract partners that recognize that we’re not g…

Tobacco Funds Give Danville Boost
June 1, 2011 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Tara Bozick (  …Other projects receiving tobacco commission money: …• The commission approved $490,000 for Piedmont BioProducts in Gretna to improve its biofuel-making process, which will lead to the company’s first commercial bio-refinery in Gretna Industrial Park.  READ MORE and MORE and MORE…

Company Studies Tobacco for Biofuels
May 16, 2011 – 7:34 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  A start-up company, Tyton BioSciences, is looking for a new outlet for tobacco – biodiesel and ethanol. The company is developing genetically modified tobacco that will, according to their website, “produce both ethanol and biodiesel at yields that far surpass the traditional crops of corn and soy.” The company’s tobacco will also be easier to grow than those grown for smoking-grade tobacco and although st…

University/College Programs in US by State/Territory
April 12, 2011 – 8:11 am | No Comment

…919) 545-8036 (READ MORE) and MORE North Carolina’s Southeastern Community College North Carolina’s traditional tobacco farms are switching to other crops, so the state’s Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, has initiated a program to educate farmers on the ins-and-outs of biodiesel manufacturing, anticipating producers will be growing more oilseeds in the future. Southeastern Community College will be using a mobile biodiesel processor…

2011 Miscanthus Acres to Mushroom
December 30, 2010 – 10:11 am | No Comment

…erson believes Freedom miscanthus will be a good fit in the Southeast, where growing conditions and underutilized farm land will favor the long-lived perennial biomass crop. “All those that grew tobacco need something else,” he points out. The high-yielding miscanthus will compete well with sub-par corn and sub-par soybeans, provide a crop for land that has become overgrown, and even yield as well or better than timber.  READ MORE…

Danville Center Aims to Grow Biofuel Industry
October 18, 2010 – 10:31 am | No Comment

…for use in biofuels. SEnTeC will build on ISRR’s academic work to take the lead for developing a bio-based industry in Southern Virginia. The center’s projects would include conducting feasibility studies for installing bio-refineries in the region and engaging local farmers for plant trials.  …The Virginia Tobacco Commission awarded $8 million for the center in hopes of restoring and reinventing the region’s economy.  READ MORE…

‘Energy Beet’ Crop Grown Here is Called a Success
October 6, 2010 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

…in the region should be eager to grow a crop that will be more valuable than such traditional crops as corn and tobacco. So said Penn State researchers who recently grew and tested an experimental “energy beet” here and in State College. The beets’ solid report card boosts prospect for a $93 million ethanol plant proposed for Rapho Township. It would be fueled by energy beets grown on an estimated 15,000 acres. …A particul…

Switchgrass Highlighted at Farm and Field Day
August 12, 2010 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

…to a product similar to coal, but clean burning with twice the energy output, as well as adding a solar-powered tobacco curer this summer to the facility. …Raw product can be input to the torrefaction system and the output is a thermo-chemically treated coal substitute that can be used for energy-dense, water-repellant energy pellets or feedstock for producing ethanol. South Carolina is ideal for growing switchgrass, which is indigenous to…

Project Jatropha
May 20, 2010 – 7:57 am | No Comment

…Karnataka’s Hunsur County, India. There, they became aware that poor farmers need an alternative to cultivating tobacco for income because tobacco production in rural India requires ongoing wood fires to cure the leaves which contributes to greenhouse gases and deforestation. To address the problem, they conducted research and learned that the biofuel produced from the Jatropha seeds provides an alternative source of energy. The biofuel can power…

Jatropha: Mozambique’s New Biofuel Hope
April 19, 2010 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

…bal Post)  …Sun Biofuels, a British company, has been planting thousands of acres of jatropha at a former tobacco farm here and in other sites in Africa. The company hopes the jatropha oil will help it cash in on the high price of fuel as well as offer an alternative fuel for companies that want to clean up their emissions and their image by investing in green energy. …Mozambique has massive unemployment and it’s one of the worl…

Scientists Look to Tobacco as a Potential Biofuel
March 29, 2010 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Michael Felberbaum (AP)  …Tobacco is an attractive “energy plant” because it can generate a large amount of oil and sugar more efficiently than other crops, said Vyacheslav Andrianov, a researcher at the Biotechnology Foundation Laboratories at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.Andrianov recently co-wrote a paper on how researchers have found a way to genetically engineer tobacco to boost the oil in the plant&#821…

Food, Feed, Fiber, Fuel and Fun
February 9, 2010 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

…s, etc.  You can move on to popcorn, cheese doodles (although I expect those are really petroleum products) and tobacco products.   And don’t forget all the land and fish dedicated to producing food for household pets.   Now, some of those “fun” products may have healthful benefits just as essential as those derived from grains, fruits and vegetables.  I’m thinking of the health benefits of wine and beer, here; and the mental health benefits of w…

Engineered Tobacco Plants Have More Potential as a Biofuel
January 4, 2010 – 8:55 am | No Comment

…dation Laboratories at Thomas Jefferson Universityin Philadelphia  have identified a way to increase the oil in tobacco plant leaves, which may be the next step in using the plants for biofuel. Their paper was published online in Plant Biotechnology Journal. According to Vyacheslav Andrianov, Ph.D., assistant professor of Cancer Biology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, tobacco can generate biofuel more efficiently than…

Verde Biofuel Building One-of-a-Kind Mobile “Seed to Fuel” Biodiesel Processor
December 15, 2009 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

North Carolina’s traditional tobacco farms are switching to other crops, so the state’s Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, has initiated a program to educate farmers on the ins-and-outs of biodiesel manufacturing, anticipating producers will be growing more oilseeds in the future. Southeastern Community College will be using a mobile biodiesel processor built by Jerome, Arizona-based Verde Biofuel for this program. While the pro…

Medicago to Work with U.S. Army on Biofuel Enzyme Study
October 12, 2009 – 10:02 am | No Comment

(Reuters)  Medicago Inc., a small Canadian biotech company, said on Thursday it will work with the U.S. Army to study ways of creating fuels from plants, sending its shares up more than 20 percent.  The Quebec City-based company, known for its work with tobacco leaves, will work with the army’s research arm to investigate production of industrial enzymes in the field of biofuels.   READ MORE…

Researchers Study Jerusalem Artichoke for Ethanol
May 5, 2009 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

…choke (Helianthus tuberosis), a perennial native sunflower species, as a feedstock for producing ethanol.  The institute is a research center jointly affiliated with the departments of horticulture and forestry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) ( that’s focused on developing new opportunities for farming communities affected by declining tobacco and textile markets.  READ MORE  and MORE…

Feedstock R&D
March 4, 2009 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

…na    cyanobacteria     Tea Leaves     Crambe    Chuff     Galega     Chufa Sedge       cyprus esculentus       Tobacco     pongamia pinnata     Cup Plant Jojoba (Simmondsia chinesis)       Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus L.)          Kenaf           Karanja (Pongamia pinnate)            Kokum (Garcinia induce)         Moringa oleifera          Mahua (Madhuca induce)             Neem (Azadirachta induce)                       Ricinus co…