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Greenbelt Resources Bioethanol to Be Tested by Puration Inc. for Use in Patented CBD Extraction Process
August 17, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/PR Newswire)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) has announced that Puration, Inc. (OTC: PURA) has selected its bioethanol to test for potential use in Puration’s patented CBD (cannabidiol) extraction method. Extraction methods commonly use …

Improving Global Integration of Crop Research
August 16, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by M. P. Reynolds, et al. (Science Magazine) In recent decades, the scientific, development, and farm communities have contributed to substantial gains in crop productivity, including in many less developed countries (LDCs) (1), yet current yield …

Algal Biofuel Production Is Neither Environmentally nor Commercially Sustainable
August 9, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Flynn (The Conversation/Phys.Org)  Modern biofuels have been touted as a greener alternative to petrol and diesel since the early 1900s. It seems like a good idea on paper, and they do work – …

Algae DHA: A Fix for Odor, Taste and Cost Is on the Way for the Gross Dose.
June 29, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Omega-3s are a great thing, but here’s the bottom line: the current applications stink. Not as in, they-don’t-work. We mean, literally.

Into this market and into the problem arrive from Saskatoon, the …

Algae — Life after Biofuels: Mining Algae’s 1001 Uses
June 14, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Monica Jain of Fish 2.0 writes in National Geographic about how the algae brand is about to undergo an image makeover, and may soon seem flat-out glamorous — once again. Algae got …

Algae, Algae, Algae: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Algae Innovations
June 9, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Algae Innovations designs innovative technology to make algae production more efficient and consistent.  They are accelerate the commercialization of algal biofuels and other products through development of an integrated, photosynthetic, open …

RSB Report Outlines 2016 Achievements
June 8, 2017 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Biomass Magazine)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials recently released a report reviewing its 2016 activities and highlighting its increased impact and presence in the global renewable fuels industry. The report …

Latin American Oil Palm Mostly Replaces Pasture
May 17, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(IOP Environmental Research Web)  Oil-palm plantations in Latin America are mostly replacing cattle pasture and other previously intervened lands rather than forests, a study by scientists in Puerto Rico has found.
The research – which also …

Advancements in Agriculture, Good for People and the Planet
April 28, 2017 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Tom Vilsack (The Hill/U.S. Dairy Export Council)  This Earth Day, hundreds of thousands of people marched to “defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.” The March for Science …

TerraVia in the Wilderness Years
April 20, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Algae Butter can reduce saturated fat by up to 50 percent in most applications.

While butter doesn’t exactly rival gasoline as a market — it’s pretty substantial, when you get down …

Here Comes BioChina: Amyris, Others Bypass the 4 Myths of Business in the Middle Kingdom
April 19, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From California arrives the very interesting news that Amyris has entered into an agreement with Blue California whereby its affiliates will provide access to its fermentation manufacturing in China and …

RFA to Offer FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course
February 7, 2017 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association has scheduled a training course to help ethanol plants meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act. This class, scheduled for March 8–10 in downtown …

Thailand Announces $11.3 Billion 10-Year Plan to Build Sugarcane and Cassava Bioeconomy
January 26, 2017 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we reported from Thailand:  “The government launched its 10-year plan to build a bioeconomy hub for the region with private and public sector investment expected to reach $11.3 billion …

A Double Whammy for Corn and Ethanol Industries
January 23, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

(Michigan Farmer)  China imposes additional tariffs on DDGS and ethanol.  —  … Inevitably, changes in trade could bludgeon an already wounded ag economy. A tug of war with punitive tariffs has already started with the world’s …

The Emerging Synthetic Biology Ecosystem: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gingko BioWorks
January 23, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recently, Ginkgo BioWorks announced the launch of their next generation foundry, Bioworks2. With 125,000 square feet and an 6X expected increase in capacity compatred to BioWorks 1, Bioworks2 represents a step change …

Prebiotics: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ISOthrive technology
January 19, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Each microbe makes a contribution to your health; some directly, indirectly, it’s an orchestra and they have to be in tune,” says our old friend Jack Oswald, a serial entrepreneur …

Sugar, Sugar: Toray, Mitsui Set out to Build Monster Cellulosic Sugar Plant in Asia
January 17, 2017 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week we reported that Toray Industries has teamed with Mitsui to produce cellulosic sugars from bagasse leftover from the sugar production process at Thai sugar mills.
The companies will invest up …

Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects
January 6, 2017 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine)   … We received impassioned requests to give the public …

Change Is in the Air for Food Sustainability
January 3, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Robin Booker (The Western Producer)  There are many innovative products and services available to Canadian crop producers that could help improve sustainability. However, the global food sector is struggling to find ways to reward growers …

New Bioprocessing Tech Moves Us from “Food vs Fuels” to “Food, then Fuel”
October 21, 2016 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, let’s consider a more compelling way to process a corn plant so that we handle the process with a goal of first extracting all the materials that are useful …

White Biotechnology Market to Reach $487.08 Billion By 2024: Grand View Research, Inc.
October 3, 2016 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Grand View Research/PR Newswire)  The global white biotechnology market is expected to reach USD 487.08 billion by 2024, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Rising awareness and emphasis for the adoption of greener …

Louis Dreyfus Opens Glycerin Facility
September 30, 2016 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(World-Grain.com)  Louis Dreyfus Company LLC opened its new glycerin refinery on Sept. 28. The refinery is located at the company’s subsidiary’s soybean crushing and biodiesel plant in Claypool, Indiana, U.S.
The refinery is the second largest …

Food Price Deflation Cheers Consumers, Hurts Farmers, Grocers and Restaurants
August 31, 2016 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Heather Haddon and Julie Jargon (The Wall Street Journal)  The U.S. is on track this year to post the longest stretch of falling food prices in more than 50 years, a streak that is …

Carbon 101 and Biofuels
August 30, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Don Scott (National Biodiesel Board)  … Everyone knows that trees (and other plant life) absorb carbon from the atmosphere. It’s important to remember that plants also return their carbon to the atmosphere when they die …

This Startup Turns CO2 into a Sustainable Replacement for Palm Oil
August 22, 2016 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Adele Peters (FastCoExist.com)  … A new Bay Area-based biotech startup called Kiverdi has a different solution: a synthetic palm oil, made from carbon dioxide.
The company uses microbes to transform waste carbon from industry into the …

People Want GMO Food Labeled — Which Is Pretty Much All They Know about GMOs
July 21, 2016 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  After years of fierce debate involving scientists, food manufacturers, farmers and environmental groups, Congress has passed a bill that would make it mandatory to inform consumers about the GMOs …

5 Signs Your Current Good Manufacturing Processes Are Ready for the Food Safety Modernization Act
July 18, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Phil Cleary (Christianson & Associates/Biofuels Digest)  The Food Safety Modernization Act covers the operation of a facility that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds animal food for sale in the United States.
Renewable fuels facilities producing feed …

Global Food Prices Set to Stagnate as Population Growth Slowing
July 8, 2016 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Manisha Jha and Isis Almeida (Bloomberg)  World population growth to slow to 1% a year over next decade; Food demand growth expected to slow progressively: OECD-FAO  —  Food prices will stagnate over the next decade as the …

Solutions from the Land Leaders Bring North American Climate Smart Agriculture Ideas to Global Summit in Rome
June 16, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(North American Climate Smart Agricultural Alliance)  Solutions from the Land (SfL) is taking an active role in the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) summit underway this week in Rome, pressing business, government, NGO …

Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action
June 15, 2016 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Keith L. Kline, Siwa Msangi, Virginia H. Dale, Jeremy Woods, Glaucia M. Souza, Patricia Osseweijer, Joy S. Clancy, Jorge A. Hilbert, Francis X. Johnson, Patrick C. McDonnell, Harriet K. Mugera (Global Change Biology: Bioenergy) …  Understanding the nexus of food security, bioenergy sustainability, and resource management …

The Advanced Bioeconomy 2016: State of the Industry
June 8, 2016 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For the advanced bioeconomy, the question remains and will remain for some time, where are the gallons? Specifically, projects that use biobased feedstocks that can be converted into renewable fuels, chemicals, …

System of Systems : The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Nexus of Food, Water & Energy Systems
May 9, 2016 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up at the nexus of food, water and energy systems — what technology is critical, what’s being modeled and why? CBET Division Director JoAnn Slama Lighty answered the question …

What Do We Do about Palm Oil?
April 18, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of fuels, Neste Oil has backed away from palm oil in order to expand in the US market on more favorable terms, with palm’s lowly status after …

New, Evolving Coproducts Require Regulatory Due Diligence
April 15, 2016 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Kurt A. Rosentrator (Distillers Grains Technology Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Altered, novel products may require new AAFCO definitions, GRAS affirmations.  —  … During the past two years, we have reviewed and commented on two key rulings in …

New Coproduct Technology Produces Food-Grade Yeast
April 15, 2016 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Don McLellan (AFC Yeast/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Typically, in ethanol production the nonfermentable leftovers from the feedstocks and yeast are combined and sold either as wetcake or dried distillers grains for feed. But the yeast included …

The Yield Dividend: 5-10X Increase in Sorghum Opening New Options for Africa?
April 1, 2016 – 9:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In South Africa,, Chromatin and Zaad Holdings have entered into an alliance to produce and distribute planting seed for grain and forage sorghum throughout the African continent.
In Africa, sorghum is …

“Call Me TerraVia”: Solazyme Transforms, Shakes up and Refinances
March 14, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Solazyme undergoes Focus Reassignment Surgery and re-emerges as TerraVia. Industrials to spin off, nutrition the focus now.  The what, the why, and the “why now?”
In California, Solazyme said that it …

Protein and Perfume: At ABLC, Even Less of a Focus on Fuels
February 22, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Pavel Molchanov (Raymond James/Biofuels Digest)  This week, we attended the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, a major annual gathering of firms in the bioindustrial space. As we noted in our conference recap from March 2015, the …

Ultimate Review: The Unlimited Biotech Potential of Algae
February 8, 2016 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(Labiotech.eu)  Is the Future of Biotech…Green? The Algae Industry ranges from Biofuels to Nutrition to Fashion and Microalgae hold lots of potential for the industry to expand. But why? And do Venture Capitalists agree?
Microalgae have already …

4th Global Moringa Meet India Updates Moringa Biodiesel Project ROI
January 29, 2016 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Eco-Business/Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP))   … A time when many industries are shrinking or closing down altogether, Moringa plantation and value addition management continues to expand and grow. For one, Moringa has proven …

Biofuels as Seen by OPEC: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Biofuels in the World Oil Outlook
December 30, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In this year’s World Oil Outlook, OPEC writes:  The prospects for first generation biofuels are constrained by factors such as land use changes, excessive water usage, and the impact on …

Biofuels Move From Lab to Frying Pan
December 23, 2015 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Wall Street Journal/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  Solazyme Inc., a company founded 12 years ago to make car and truck fuel from algae, is vigorously pushing a new product. But this time, it is fuel for …

Panning for Green Gold: Developing the Algal Bioeconomy–VIDEO
December 3, 2015 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(Enalgae)  EnAlgae has been about finding sustainable pathways for algal biomass. Initially the focus was all about energy, specifically as a biofuel. But our journey over the past four years shows that there’s likely to …

The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Nova’s Scenarios for Biomass Supply through 2050
October 26, 2015 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Stephan Piotrowski, Michael Carus and Roland Essel (nova-Institut /Biofuels Digest) How much biomass can be sustainably produced globally by 2050? How much of the demand for food, feed, materials, bioenergy and biofuels can be met …

Building Blocks: LanzaTech, IOC, NatureWorks, Calysta make strides on Omega-3s, lactic acid
November 3, 2014 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, LanzaTech and a research team from the IOC-DBT Center for Advanced Bio-Energy Research (an entity co-funded by India’s Department of Biotechnology and Indian Oil Corporation Limited) announced the …

Cereal Grains Food Science Professor Receives Grant to Bring Corn Co-product to Market
October 28, 2014 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(South Dakota State University/Lab Manager)  South Dakota State University food science professor Padmanaban Krishnan received a four-year grant geared toward getting corn co-products to the food market.
With a $576,000 project budget for the Minnesota Corn …

DDG Manufacturers Seek Better Understanding of FSMA Compliance
August 8, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A popular breakout session at the 2014 American Coalition for Ethanol conference discussed the potential impacts the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act may have on plant …

Algae Offers Green Way to Boost Nutritional Value of Pet and People Foods
July 9, 2014 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Steve Dale (My Pet World/Chicago Tribune) Current and future trends in food for pets and people were among topics addressed at the 30th Alltech Annual International Symposium May 18-21 in Lexington, Ky. The theme of …

Palm Oil, Deforestation, and the Fast Food Industry: Would You Like a Side of Forests with That?
May 27, 2014 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Calen May-Tobin (Union of Concerned Scientists/Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative )  … In our report Donuts, Deodorant, Deforestation, UCS was one of the first groups to highlight how little the fast food sector as a whole has …

True or False: 10 Percent of US Corn Crop Used for Ant Repellent
November 29, 2012 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Well, that’s an absurd headline, isn’t it? False, false and false.
It’s ridiculous, misleading and harmful to conclude that 10 percent of the US corn harvest is used for ant repellent …

Updated Assessment of the Drought’s Impacts on Crop Prices and Biofuel Production
August 17, 2012 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Babcock (Center for Agricultural and Rural Development)  …The sharply lowered production estimates suggest the preliminary assessment of the impact of the drought on crop prices and biofuel production that I conducted last month …

World Faces Economic, Not Caloric, Famine
June 15, 2012 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(AgWired)  Farmers of the world are producing enough food to meet the demands of wiping out all hunger in the world. But hunger still exists. Why? Dr. Chris Mallett, Corporate VP of Research and Development …

Parabel, Inc. and CECEP – Chongqing Industry Co., Ltd. Sign Master Framework Agreement
May 21, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Parabel (formerly PetroAlgae)) Parabel, Inc.  new, economical sources of feed, food, and fuel, today announced that it has finalized a restated Master Framework Agreement with CECEP – Chongqing Industry Co., Ltd. (An absolute holding subsidiary of China …

Ethanol Firm’s Next Bet: Algae
October 31, 2011 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  An emerging green industry aims to develop a new source of fuel to replace oil, but the quick money could be elsewhere.
Green slime is growing in ponds next to an …

PetroAlgae’s Protein Achieves Successful Test Results for Human Consumption
October 27, 2011 – 7:06 am | No Comment

(PetroAlgae)  University Studies Underscore Potential to be New, Large-Scale Protein Source
PetroAlgae Inc., a global provider of licensed technology that produces micro-crops for renewable protein, feed, and fuel products announced today the completion of the first phases …

Cargill Blames Government Hoarding for Global Food Price Surge
August 15, 2011 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by John Lippert (The Washington Post/Bloomberg Markets)  Cargill chief Greg Page, who runs the largest U.S. agricultural company, has a good idea whom to blame for the global surge in food prices at the end …

Algae Oil in China
August 3, 2011 – 6:09 am | No Comment

by Riggs Eckelberry (OriginOil/Algae Industry Magazine)  ecently, Australia’s largest ethanol producer, Manildra, diversified its biofuel portfolio by entering into algae production. In cooperation with Atlanta-based Algae Tec, Manildra will build a demonstration facility near Manildra’s …

Ethanol Integral to Farm Network
July 12, 2011 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Christjansen   (Journal Gazette)  In “Ethanol’s subsidies drain on economy” (Opinion, July 3), Wayne Townsend claims that ethanol production in the United States and in Indiana has caused the price of corn to …

ADM’s Decatur Facility to Produce More Lysine, Threonine
June 29, 2011 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A plan to produce more lysine and threonine, both amino acids, at Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s plant in Decatur, Ill., won’t mean changes on the ethanol side. “This expansion …

Xylitol Canada to Expedite Pathway to First Commercial-Scale Plant
June 27, 2011 – 8:28 am | No Comment

(BusinessWire)  Cellulosic ethanol manufacturing process to provide feedstock for production of xylitol
Xylitol Canada Inc., a reseller and distributor of xylitol and xylitol products announced that they will leap frog the initial plan for a pilot …

PetroAlgae and Suriname Ministry of Natural Resources Sign Master Framework and Initial License Agreement to Begin Open Growth Bioreactor for Renewable Fuels and Protein
June 17, 2011 – 6:36 am | No Comment

(PetroAlgae)  Initial Steps Underway for Phased Implementation Leading to a Full Commercial License Unit for  Production of Biomass for Fuel and Food
PetroAlgae Inc. and its operating company PA LLC, a leading renewable energy company that licenses …

Vilsack: Food Price Hike More than Ethanol
May 31, 2011 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Jerry Hagstrom  (AgWeek)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told a gathering of international agricultural development activists recently that U.S. biofuels should not blamed for most of the increases in food prices in recent years. “With …

Improving Ethanol Production Economics
May 23, 2011 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(WOWT.com)  Iowa State University’s Hans van Leeuwen has moved his research team’s award-winning idea for improving ethanol production from a laboratory to a pilot plant.
Now he knows the idea, which produces a new animal feed and …

Food vs. Fuel: The Environment and Bio-Fuels
May 12, 2011 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Grain Farmers of Ontario)  Canadian biofuel is better for the environment than biofuel produced further south- in part due to our different agricultural practices – according to a new study released by the Grain Farmers …

Guest Post: It Takes a Bio Village–Easing the Global Food Crisis through Sustainable Agriculture
May 12, 2011 – 10:15 am | No Comment

by Martin Brown (GreenTechMedia)  By 2050, for example, the global population is expected to reach 9 billion, and in order to feed all these people, we’ll have to increase the world’s food production by 70 percent.
On its own, …

Great Plains Renewable Energy Outlines Algae Plans on Q1 Call
May 9, 2011 – 10:17 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  …Highlights of the discussion included updates on GPRE’s recently announced BioProcess Algae joint venture. Following are some comments by Mr. Becker and his answers to some shareholder questions regarding their algae ventures:
…The …

Malaysian Scientist Jagjit Kaurah’s “Floating Bed Method” May Hold a Solution to the World’s Food and Fuel Crises
April 29, 2011 – 7:24 am | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia)  …Malaysian scientist Jagjit Kaurah works at the Universiti Putra Malaysia research station in Port Dickson, and he was walking on the beach one day when it occurred to him …

Demand Topped off for Ethanol
March 1, 2011 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Leslie Brooks Suzukamo (Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com)  2010 saw record production for evolving industry.
U.S. ethanol production pretty much hit a ceiling last year at 13.23 billion gallons, or about 10 percent of all gasoline production, according …

A Billion Tons of Biomass a Viable Goal, but at High Price, New Research Shows
February 22, 2011 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Phil Ciciora (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  A team of researchers led by Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois, shows that very high biomass prices would be needed in …