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Scientists Engineer Yellow-Seeded Camelina with High Oil Output

(Department of Energy Brookhaven National Laboratory/EurekAlert!) A high-yielding version of this oilseed crop could help meet the increasing demand for biofuels  --  Efforts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions from transportation fuels are increasing demand for oil produced by nonfood crops. These plants

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BASF Sells Bioenergy Enzymes Business to Lallemand

(BASF)  BASF has sold its bioenergy enzymes business based in San Diego to Lallemand's subsidiaries, Danstar Ferment AG and Lallemand Specialties Inc. This includes the Spartec® product portfolio and related technologies in development. Lallemand will integrate the business and associated employees in

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Mastering Fundamentals: First Step for Promising New Sustainable Vehicle Fuels

by Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Two NREL Reports Detail Findings on Fundamental Fatty Acid Methyl Esters (FAME) Fuels Research in Partnership With ExxonMobil and Genomatica -- While the demand for climate-warming fuels like petroleum and diesel is expected to peak before

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EPA, FDA, and USDA Issue Joint Regulatory Plan for Biotechnology

(U.S. Food and Drug Administration) In response to President Biden’s Executive Order 14081, “Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and

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The Eco-Friendly Fuel of the Future

(Mazda) A carbon-negative crop that can contribute to the mitigation of climate change, algae are also a viable source of biofuel. Working with Hiroshima University, Mazda is making significant inroads into its future use. Seaweed is synonymous with Japanese cuisine and has

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ZeaKal Delivers Synergistic Innovation to Enhance Sustainability of Corn Production

(Oklahoma Farm Report) ZeaKal today (March 19, 2024) announced the successful development of its groundbreaking PhotoSeed™ technology in corn, improving the crop’s oil and sustainability profile without compromising yield or protein. With the immediate implementation of PhotoSeed corn’s route to market, ZeaKal aims

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Startup Making Biofuel from Seeds Expands in S. America & Africa

by Sara Miller (NoCamels) An Israeli company that engineers castor beans to produce high yields for biofuel has signed strategic agreements with existing and new seed producers in South America and Africa, in order to increase production capabilities. Casterra engineers special varieties of castor

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Beast Mode Yeast Load, Least MO’d; Novonesis’ New Innova Delta, Non-GM Yeast for Biofuel Producers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Denmark, Novonesis, formerly Novozymes, has launched its latest and most exciting development in yeast technology— Innova Delta. Yes, they’re back in Beast Mode, and the beast mode yeast loads now have that new twist to them,

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Microbial Division of Labor Produces Higher Biofuel Yields

by Diana Yates (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Phys.Org) Scientists have found a way to boost ethanol production via yeast fermentation, a standard method for converting plant sugars into biofuels. Their approach, detailed in the journal Nature Communications, relies on careful timing and a tight

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EU Parliament’s Environmental Committee Supports Relaxing Rules on Genetically Modified Plants

by Samuel Petrequin (Associated Press)  Lawmakers on the European Parliament’s environment committee on Wednesday backed a proposal to relax rules on genetically modified plants produced using so-called new genomic techniques, prompting strong criticism from environmental groups. The issue of genetically modified organisms

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Free Classroom Curriculum Resources from GrowNextGen

(GrowNextGen) Explore, download and share these proven real-world educational resources to help bring science and agriculture to life in your classroom. Relevant and engaging, you’ll find useful, easy-to-implement lesson plans and activities. GrowNextGen was launched in 2014 with funding from the Ohio

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Law Library of Congress Publishes Report on Selected Issues in Biotechnology Regulation

by Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton (Bergeson & Campbell) The Law Library of Congress published a November 2023 report entitled Selected Issues in Biotechnology Regulation: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, European Union, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore,

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In His Third Resolution, Vilella Inaugurated a New Stage for Local Biotechnology: He Approved the First GMO Yeasts for the Production of Bioethanol

(Bichos de Campo (Google Translation))  The Secretary of Agriculture, Fernando Vilella, honored his declared devotion to the bioeconomy from the first day of the new year: this Tuesday, January 2, a resolution was published in the Official Gazette that with his

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Agricultural Game-Changer on the Horizon for Canola

by Kristi Cox (Seed World) Promising research showing yield increase of a whopping 250% in experimental plants. --  Future canola could see big yield gains thanks to innovative work at the University of Guelph (U of G).  Initially, Michael Emes and Ian Tetlow,

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Terviva

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Terviva is a food and ag innovation company partnering with farmers to grow pongamia, a climate-resilient tree which produces abundant, protein- and oil-rich legumes. Pongamia is uniquely suited to meet today’s environmental challenges. Chief Business Officer

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Microbes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) iMicrobes designs and builds microorganisms, including industrial strains of bacteria and yeast to produce chemicals from natural gas and carbon dioxide. Their green, bio-based methods are “more cost effective than sugar or oil, helping to make

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Biomass to Liquid Fuels: We Need Commercial Scale Gen 2 Success

by Doug Rivers (Lee Enterprise Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  ... And while advances have been made in the materials handling and pretreatment of these feedstocks, commercial scale attempts produce ethanol have been met with multiple and highly visible failures measured in at least hundreds

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Review Article Shows Key Role of Brazil in Research on Sugarcane for Bioenergy

(EurekAlert!) The study by researchers at the University of São Paulo also shows that genetic engineering techniques need to be improved in order to increase ethanol production without expanding crop acreage, a strategy considered crucial to cope with climate change Peer-Reviewed Publication FUNDAÇÃO

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U.S. Delegation Visits India to Search for New Outlets for U.S. Ethanol

(U.S. Grains Council) A three-person delegation recently visited India from the U.S. to search for new outlets for exports to the fifth-largest market for U.S. ethanol during the 2022/23 marketing year. The team was comprised of Mark Heckman, ethanol services director at

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Biofuel Is Good, But Could It Be Great?

by Treena Hein (Seed World) As demand rises for biofuels, plant breeders are working hard to increase biofuel feedstocks’ productivity and biofuel’s sustainability.  -- ... (I)nfrastructure development and plant breeders’ efforts during the past decade have put biofuels on the map in

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Basics 2 Breakthroughs: Genetically Improving Sorghum for Biofuels

by Marilyn Sargent (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Bioscientist Anne Villacastin is using genetics to supercharge the growing power of sorghum, a cereal plant that humans have been cultivating for millennia. By adding genes from wheat, Villacastin and her colleagues at the Joint

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USDA-APHIS Determines that Yield10 Bioscience’s Stacked Herbicide Tolerant Camelina May Be Planted and Bred in the United States

(Yield10) -Herbicide Technology Critical to Enabling Large-Acreage Adoption of Camelina in North America  --   Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq:YTEN) (“Yield10” or the “Company”), an agricultural bioscience company, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service’s (“USDA-APHIS’s”) Biotechnology Regulatory Services (“BRS”)

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GO Resources Learns Its Genetically Modified Safflower Seed Can Be Sold as Cattle, Bird Feed

by Lucinda Jose and Joanna Prendergast  (ABC Rural) A genetically modified seed touted as a biofuel alternative has been sold into the birdseed market, despite claims doing so would be breaching "Commonwealth regulations".  Super High Oleic Safflower seed, grown for the bio fuel market,

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Opinion: Climate Change and Hunger Are Here Now—a New Farm Bill Can’t Wait

by Beth Ellikidis (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Agri-Pulse) ... One way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our climate is by getting more of the energy we use from above the ground instead of beneath it. The biotech company LanzaTech genetically engineers microbes to

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Ingenza and Phibro Ethanol Accelerate the Green Fuel Transition

(Ingenza and Phibro Ethanol/EIN Presswire) Ingenza and Phibro Ethanol – a division of Phibro Animal Health Corporation – have joined forces to engineer a novel yeast strain that will increase yield in the commercial production of bioethanol under both challenging and conventional environmental conditions, further driving

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Biofuels Hold Promise as Alternative to Fossil Fuels

by Pitambara and Bishwa Bhaskar Choudhary (The Tribune) The govt should consider making a budgetary allocation to implement measures to promote wasteland for the cultivation of energy crops and impart technical know-how to farmers. Increasing the allocation and extending the term

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Proof-of-Concept Method Advances Bioprocess Engineering for a Smoother Transition to Biofuels

(Fujita Health University/Phys.Org)  One of the primary goals of bioprocess engineering is to increase the yield of the desired material while maintaining high production rates and low raw material utilization. This optimization is usually accomplished by controlling the behavior of microorganisms

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Revolutionary Recycling Process Transforms Plastic Waste

(U.S. Department of Energy) Despite millions of Americans depositing their plastic waste into recycling bins, much of that waste, including flexible films, multilayer materials, and colored plastics, cannot be recycled cost-effectively. In fact, only 9% of plastics in the U.S. are

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Yield10 Bioscience Completes Harvest of a Majority of the 2023 Winter and Spring Camelina Grain Grown Under Contract, Generating Revenue from Biofuel Production

(Yield10 Globe Newswire) Begins revenue generation for “Camelina Seed Genetics to Biofuel” platform --  Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq:YTEN) (“Yield10” or the “Company”), an agricultural bioscience company, today announced that the harvest of a majority of the winter and spring Camelina sativa ("Camelina”) grain produced

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Casterra Delivers First Shipment of Castor Seeds to Africa

(Casterra Ag/PR Newswire) This first shipment, valued at approximately US$1 million, is part of a framework agreement with a world-leading oil and gas company --  Casterra Ag Ltd. ("Casterra"), an integrated castor cultivation solution company and a subsidiary of Evogene Ltd. ("Evogene") (Nasdaq: EVGN) (TASE:

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Polyhydroxybutyrate Synthesis in Camelina: Towards Coproduction of Renewable Feedstocks for Bioplastics and Fuels

Meghna R. Malik, Nii Patterson, Nirmala Sharma, Jihong Tang, Claire Burkitt, Yuanyuan Ji, Matthew Martino, Andrew Hertig, Dirk Schweitzer, Oliver Peoples, Kristi D. Snell (Plant Biotechnology Journal)  Plant-based co-production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and seed oil has the potential to create a

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Biomass Feedstocks and Supply-Chains

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Here’s the State of Biomass Feedstocks and Supply-Chains presentation from the ABLC CONNECT series episode. Available supply, conventional crops, new crops and trees, cover crops, R&D initiatives, consortia — a comprehensive but compact look at the industry in

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Biofuel and Specialty Chemical Production from Waste By-products Using Genetically-Engineered Bacteria

(Columbia University)  This technology is a genetically modified sulfur oxidizing and iron-reducing bacterial strain that can produce biofuels and specialty chemicals from waste by-products. Unmet Need: Method for managing waste while producing biofuels and chemicals Natural gas, a finite resource, must be replaced

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Crop Science Innovation Summit 2023: Bayer Sees More than Doubling of Accessible Markets and Potential to Shape Regenerative Agriculture on More than 400 Million Acres

(Bayer/PR Newswire) • Expectation to tap into more than 100 billion euros of value in accessible and ag-adjacent markets Unparalleled pipeline with estimated peak sales potential of more than 30 billion euros to promote regenerative agricultural practices and enable farmers to support both global food security

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Yield10 Biosciences

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Yield10 is now advancing camelina as a low Carbon Intensity biofuels feedstock crop. Long-term, they are looking at PHA camelina for high value PHA bioplastics. The commercial opportunity in relay cropping is huge too and

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Casterra Signs a Framework Agreement with a World Leading Oil and Gas Company to Sell Its Castor Seeds for Sustainable Biofuel Production, with Initial Purchase Orders of $9.1 Million

(Casterra/PR Newswire) Casterra is expected to deliver the initial orders of its proprietary castor seeds, developed using Evogene's GeneRator AI tech engine, during 2023 -- Casterra Ag Ltd. ("Casterra"), an integrated castor cultivation solution company and a subsidiary of Evogene

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Algae Are Versatile Organisms. Meet Three NREL Scientists Working to Unlock Their Full Energy Potential

byZia Abdullah (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Algae turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into biochemical energy. These researchers use genetic engineering, analysis, and material science to turn that energy into opportunity. Food, fertilizer, fuel, pollutant filter —the uses for algae are as

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Transforming Plants into Allies in the Fight against Climate Change

(U.S. Department of Energy/Oak Ridge National Laboratory/EurekAlert!)  ... At the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scientists are leading research to transform plants into key drivers of decarbonization, from creating biomass crops for new fuels to enhancing the ability

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Southern States First to Harvest Nuseed Carinata Cover Crop for Bioenergy

(Nuseed) Nuseed Carinata harvest is underway in the southern United States, starting near Tifton, Georgia. Nuseed has been working with growers in Florida, Georgia, and Texas to increase the sustainable contract production of the non-food oilseed for processing into certified sustainable

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DOC’s Bureau of Economic Analysis Releases Report on Developing a National Measure of the Economic Contributors of the Bioeconomy

by Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton (Bergeson & Campbell) President Joseph Biden’s September 12, 2022, Executive Order (EO) creating a National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative directs the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to assess “the

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APHIS Announces Draft Modified Microorganisms Guide Available for Public Comment [open for comment through May 22, 2023]

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is sharing a draft guide detailing the information requirements and process for submitting permit applications for microorganisms developed using genetic engineering and inviting public

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Shell and S&W Enter Joint Venture to Develop and Produce Sustainable Biofuel Feedstocks

(S&W Seed Company/PR Newswire) Equilon Enterprises LLC ("Shell") and S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW) ("S&W"), a global agricultural company, today announced the execution of an agreement to establish a joint venture (the "JV") for the purpose of developing novel plant genetics for oil

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Crop-Based Biofuels Still Play a Role in Clean and Affordable Energy

by Dawson Schmitt (The Heartland Report)  ... Ukraine, a major producer of corn and wheat, could not ship grain from its ports in the Black Sea, a major transportation outlet for food exports. Since agriculture is global, U.S. prices reacted, increasing

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The Future of Science: Humanity Takes a Front Seat

by Lauryn Higgins (Technology Networks)  ... One proposed approach is genetically modifying heat-resistant crops by “hacking” photosynthesis. ... Just this month, a study published in Nature described the discovery of two-million year old DNA from an ancient ecosystem in Finland where temperatures at that time

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Funding Opportunity Announced through Collaboration Between NSF and DOE DEADLINE April 18, 2023

(U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Foundation) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a collaborative funding opportunity, “Accelerating Innovations in Biomanufacturing Approaches through Collaboration Between NSF and the

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Symbiotic CO2 Sequestration -- Bioengineered Microbial Community Working Together to Store Carbon

(Angewandte Chemie International Edition) Photosynthesis is a valuable natural system for sequestering carbon dioxide. However, simply forming biomass does not fully exploit this system. A Chinese team of researchers, whose study is published in the journal Angewandte Chemie, has now genetically engineered

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University of Missouri Is Helping the Aviation Industry Go “Green”

(Show Me Mizzou/University of Missouri) Using part of a $12.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, MU researchers are working with an interdisciplinary group to optimize green energy for aviation use. -- While biodiesel and ethanol are two

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K-State Scientists Receive Collaborative Grant to Advance Biofuel Production and gricultural Economy

(Kansas State University) Kansas State University researchers are part of a five-year collaborative grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to improve oilseed crops for use as biofuels and other bioproducts. Timothy Durrett, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, and Ruth Welti, university

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Researchers Discover Method to Quickly Cultivate Microalgal Strain for Biofuel Production

by Lim Chang-won (Aju Business Daily) A state-run research body in South Korea has discovered a method to quickly cultivate a microalgal strain from cyanobacteria, known as blue-green algae, that can produce twice as much biofuel as other microorganisms due

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Why Scientists Want to Help Plants Capture More Carbon Dioxide

by Casey Crownhart (MIT Technology Review) Genetic tools that have helped create resilient crops could boost carbon removal, too. -- ... In the session, I sat down with Pamela Ronald, a plant geneticist at the University of California, Davis. She’s

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Research Team Receives $15.8M to Modify Poplar for Bioproducts

by Maria Lameiras (UGA Today) Cutting-edge technologies will enable researchers to reengineer poplar trees to produce alternatives to petroleum-based products -- A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Georgia and two partner institutions have been awarded a $15.8

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Agile BioFoundry Selects New Collaborations

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences and the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems at the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the

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Mexico’s Proposed GMO Corn Ban Will Cost US Producers Billions

by Jody Heemstra (DRG News) A Mexican presidential decree to ban genetically modified corn in 2024 would have severe economic consequences for the U.S. and Mexican economies. A study from World Perspectives, Inc., says the move will result in a loss of

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4H Club, Methane to the Rescue: The Calysta, Mango Materials, Industrial Microbes, T2C Energy Stories

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Biogas is an ancient thing, organisms have been making it for millenia – only in recent decades have we learned to capture and use it to generate on-site heat and power. ... ... This is the supply

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) These slides were presented by Digest editor Jim Lane as part of the ABLC CONNECT episode on Feedstocks and the Bioeconomy Supply-Chain. Here, we explore the available volumes, prices, and distribution of key existing feedstock

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Biden Executive Order to Fund U.S. Biomanufacturing Industry

by Trevor Hunnicutt (Reuters)   President Joe Biden will sign orders on Monday to push more government dollars to the U.S. biotechnology industry, aimed at reducing dependence on China for materials to generate clean energy, weave new fabrics and inoculate populations against

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Pretreating Soil with Ethanol Protects Plants from Drought

(RIKEN/Phys.Org) Ethanol can help plants survive in times of drought says a new study conducted at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science in Japan. Led by Motoaki Seki, researchers show that adding ethanol to soil allows plants, including rice

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Speed-the-Leaf: RIPE’s Photosynthesis Breakthru Offers a 20% Increase in Crop Yield

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)... Some years ago, the RIPE team went down the rabbit hole of transforming photosynthesis,”harnessing the sun to help the feed the world,” on the noble theory that if plants are more efficient, we’ll have more

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Sustainable Oils to Develop Camelina Varieties via Gene Editing

(Sustainable Oils/Biomass Magazine) Sustainable Oils Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc., an ultra-low carbon renewable fuel company that will use nonfood camelina as their primary fuel source material, on Aug. 8 announced a joint licensing agreement

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New-to-Nature Yeast Chromosome Could Be Game Changer for Industry

(ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology (CoESB)/Phys.Org)  A completely new-to-nature yeast chromosome has been developed, paving the way for engineered yeast to be applied to an array of industrial applications. Scientists from the ARC Center of Excellence in Synthetic Biology,

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Researchers Enlist Sturdy Yeast to Help Make Cost-Effective Ethanol

(U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  Yeasts play a key role in converting ("fermenting") sugars from plants into ethanol fuel. But not all yeasts are created equal. Some are better fermenters than others because they can tolerate the harsh conditions

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Beast Mode Yeast Load: Novozyme’s New Innova Apex, Turbo Are Ethanol Yield Monsters

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ... Novozymes’ new Innova Apex and Innova Turbo have arrived on the Innova yeast platform. They are companions to Innova Quantum. Usually, advances in yeast are told in terms of yield, but here’s an added twist

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Crop Science “Trait Factory”: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Yield10 Bioscience

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10 is now launching camelina as a low Carbon Intensity biofuels feedstock crop. Long-term, they are looking at PHA camelina for high value PHA bioplastics. The commercial opportunity in relay cropping is huge too and

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Can We Hack DNA in Plants to Help Fight Climate Change?

by Madeleine Stone (National Geographic) Using CRISPR genome editing on a few common crops, a team of plant and soil scientists seeks to vastly increase and speed up carbon storage to help fight climate change. -- ... we will also need to

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BSBios to Build Brazil's First Big Wheat Ethanol Plant as Crop Expands

by Ana Mano (Reuters) Brazil's largest biofuel producer BSBios will build the country's first big facility that uses wheat to make ethanol, which will increase, not diminish, food supplies, its chief executive said, amid a global discussion on prioritizing food

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Bacteria for Blastoff: Using Microbes to Make Supercharged New Rocket Fuel

by Aliyah Kovner (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  ... Well aware of the advantages biology has to offer, a group of biofuel experts led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) took inspiration from an extraordinary antifungal molecule made by Streptomyces bacteria to

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How CRISPR Rice Could Help Tackle Climate Change: Gene-Edited Rice Might Be Better at Trapping Carbon Dioxide

by Justine Calma (The Verge) Can gene-editing technology CRISPR create new crops that help fight climate change as they grow? That’s what a group of researchers hopes to do with $11 million in funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The

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Quantity in Search of Quality: Los Alamos National Laboratory Makes a Case for Improving Algae Genome Data

by Sheila Van Cuyk (U.S. Department of Energy) The potential for advancing algal biofuels and bioproducts relies on using algae strains that are best suited for industrial production. Genomic sequence data—the functional information in the DNA of a specific organism such as

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Chinese Interest in US Ag Assets Could Pose Security Risks, Federal Report Says

by Noah Wicks (Agri-Pulse)  China’s push to achieve self-sufficiency, which has incentivized the nation to purchase, and even steal, agricultural assets in other countries, could present risks to the economic and national security of the United States, warns a report by the

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UFOP Rejects Reduction of the Cap for Biofuels from Cultivated Biomass

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants) The GHG Quota Act regulates market balancing -- The Federal Environment Ministry's initiative to reduce the so-called cap on biofuels from cultivated biomass has met with incomprehension. The UFOP rejects the

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Viridos Awarded California Competes Grant, Bringing Investment of Nearly $75MM to Imperial Valley

(Viridos/Business Wire)  La Jolla-based biotechnology company to bring more than 70 high-paying jobs to Imperial Valley as part of State of California incentive program -- Viridos, a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to

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Bunge and CoverCress Inc. Announce Commercial Partnership to Meet Growing Demand for Renewable Fuel Feedstocks

(Bunge/CoverCress/Business Wire)  Bunge, Chevron Make New Investments in CoverCress Inc. --  Bunge (NYSE: BG) and CoverCress Inc. (“CCI”) announced today a unique commercial partnership to bring a new renewable oilseed and animal feed crop to market. The agreement establishes a long-term

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Turning Carbon Dioxide into Sustainable Fuel: United and Oxy Low Carbon Ventures Announce Collaboration with Biotech Firm to Create New Fuel Sources

(United Airlines/PR Newswire) Houston-based Cemvita Factory's synthetic biology process has the potential to create a new way to produce sustainable fuel for aviation; United has invested in more SAF production than any other airline --  United Airlines Ventures (UAV) and Oxy

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Three Partners, Two Problems, One Bioenergy Research Article Published

by Valerie Sarisky-Reed (U.S. Department of Energy)  ... The journal Nature Biotechnology recently published a paper featuring cutting-edge work funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). The article details a carbon-negative platform that uses microorganisms to convert carbon captured

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Converting CO2 to Fuels: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Phytonix

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bruce Dannenberg, CEO of Phytonix shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC Connect highlighting how Phytonix utilizes cyanobacteria engineered via synthetic biology to produce 1-butanol and potentially other higher alcohols. And there’s a sister company,

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UNT BioDiscovery Institute Is One Step Closer to Sustainable Plant-Based Fuel

by Amy Brundeen (University of North Texas)  ... Helping plants produce C-lignin could lead to crops that are useful for creating an economically feasible plant-based jet fuel, among other applications. The latest findings from (Richrd) Dixon’s lab at UNT’s BioDiscovery

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Carbon-Negative Production of Acetone and Isopropanol by Gas Fermentation at Industrial Pilot Scale

by Fungmin Eric Liew, Robert Nogle, Tanus Abdalla, et al. (Nature Biotechnology) Many industrial chemicals that are produced from fossil resources could be manufactured more sustainably through fermentation. Here we describe the development of a carbon-negative fermentation route to producing

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Synthetic Biology Spotlight: Amyris

by Chris Calvey (National Renewable Energy Lab/Biofuels Digest) ...  Simply put: synthetic biology is a revolutionary new field of science which involves genetically modifying lifeforms – usually simple ones like bacteria or yeast – and redesigning them to do something interesting

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Glowing Yeast Lights the Way to Better Biofuels

by Tom Garlinghouse (Princeton University/Phys.Org)  Deploying a technique that promises to supercharge the development of biofuels, researchers at Princeton University have found a way to make yeast cultures glow when producing next generation fuels that could power cars and airplanes. The glowing

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The Hottest Biofuels Companies of 20 Years Ago Are Now Doing Something Completely Different

by Annie Hammang (Slate)  ... Amyris also isn’t alone in this shift; Solazyme, Lanzatech, Neste, LiveFuels, LS9, and Pacific Biodiesel are all biofuel companies that also got their start in the early aughts and have since expanded their business into cosmetics, fragrances, and household cleaners. From

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Gene Editing Produces Breakthrough Canola Variety

by Jeff Melchior (Alberta Farmer)  Shorter, highly branched canola plants with more pods show the power of the cutting-edge technology -- University of Calgary researchers have used gene editing to bring to life a new shorter, highly branched variety of canola that

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State of Advanced Biofuels & Biorefining

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Check out remarks from Jim Lane, Editor & Publisher of The Digest on rationale, forecast, the top news and storylines, feedstocks, genetics, crops, supply chain and more on the state of advanced biofuels and

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Feeding Sugar to Bacteria May Lead to Less Harmful Fuel for Cars, Trucks

by Sommer Brokaw (UPI)  Sugar can be transformed into hydrocarbons found in gasoline by feeding glucose to strains of E. coli that don't harm human health, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Chemistry. "Making biofuels from renewable resources like glucose

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Future Looking Brighter: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes Q3

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Things are looking up! Novozymes raised its full-year outlook for 2021 thanks to stronger performance than expected. With double digit organic sales growth in 3 of their 5 business areas, 8 new products launched including 4

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Pell-Mell at NREL : Two Bio Breakthroughs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ... So, here’s what our intrepid team led by Jeffrey Blackburn and Wei Xiong did. Knowing that plants have two systems inside them for photosynthesis, and that the second doesn’t play well with others, the genetically engineered cyanobacteria to shut

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CRISPR: A Climate Change Resilience and Food Safety Milestone

by Jeffrey Wang (Global Food Safety Forum/Biofuels Digest) Developing a sustainable global food system that ensures access to a sufficient supply of nutritious, diverse and safe food for all, and simultaneously limits the impact on the environment, is one of the

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Need to Boost Biofuel Production to Reduce Dependence on Import of Crude Oil and Fuel Gases: Nitin Gadkari

(Economic Times) Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday stressed the need to enhance the production of biofuel in the country by using the stubble of certain crops to reduce the dependence on the import of crude oil and fuel gases

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Pluton Biosciences Gets $6.6M in Seed Funding, Bayer AG Soil Deal and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Pluton is a large body of intrusive igneous rock according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, and “breaking ground” and being “ground breaking” is just what Pluton Biosciences is doing with their novel microbes. They are making

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Exxon Sees Green Gold in Algae-Based Fuels. Skeptics See Greenwashing.

by Christopher M. Matthews (Wall Street Journal)  The oil giant, under pressure to address climate change, says it is getting closer to making the biofuel viable --  Some scientists regard Exxon Mobil Corp.’s long-running quest to turn algae into a transportation

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Government to Make It Mandatory for Vehicle Manufacturers to Make Flex-Fuel Engines: Nitin Gadkari

(India TV News) Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that the government will make it mandatory for all the vehicle manufacturers to make flex-fuel engines, after it gets permission from the Supreme Court (SC). Flex-fuel, or flexible fuel, is an alternative

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Auburn-Led Research Team Develops Biochemical Breakthrough for Renewable Fatty Acid Ester Production

by Jeremy Henderson (Auburn University)  On-going, Auburn-led research into biofuel and biochemical production just got a lot more eyes on it. Supported by a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy award issued in 2018, as well as funding from the

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State of Renewable Chemicals & Biomaterials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Want to know who's doing what, where, how and with whom in renewable chemicals and biomaterials? Then check out this State of Renewable Chemicals & Materials top story highlighting what you need to know. In today's Digest,

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Breakthrough Methods Help Integrate Renewable Hydrogen with Waste Carbon Dioxide to Produce Clean Fuels, Chemicals, and More

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  ... NREL is validating utility-scale hydrogen-production processes that could provide tomorrow’s clean fuels and chemical feedstocks to produce low-carbon, high-value products. New IP To Simplify Renewable Hydrogen Reactions Renewable hydrogen could fit into future low-carbon energy systems like

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A Once Defunct Sarnia Bioplastics Plant Has Risen from the Ashes

by Troy Shantz (The Sarnia Journal) A failed Sarnia bioplastics plant has been resurrected and is once again turning Ontario corn syrup into a key ingredient of biodegradable plastics. BioAmber was the flagship for a cluster of fledgling bio-based “green” companies in

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Renewable Propane from Marine Sediment Bacteria: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to SHV Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Propane is usually made from oil refining, but it doesn’t have to be! SHV Energy found bacterial species from a marine sediment that are capable of producing propane. Find out how through gene sequencing they

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More of the Fuel, Twice the Food: Microbiogen’s Yeast Breakthrough

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For years, it’s been ‘food vs fuel,” a claim that has plagued ethanol producers, that somehow producing fuel from crops would lead to less food production, and anti-ethanol forces painted pictures of mass starvation and land

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$1.5M DOE Grant Targets Engineering of Cyanobacteria as Biofuel Production Platform

(Vanderbilt University School of Engineering)  A new, $1.5 million Department of Energy grant brings together experts from three institutions to parse the metabolism of a blue-green algae that holds great promise for biofuel production. The team, led by Professor of Chemical and

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MicroBioGen's Game-Changing Second-Generation Bioethanol Research

by Melody Labinsky (Farm Weekly) For Australian biotechnology company MicroBioGen, the solution to creating more commercially viable bioethanol 'just grew on them'. The company has been able to demonstrate the production of both high-protein food and low carbon bioethanol from non-food material

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LanzaTech and lululemon Partner to Create the First Fabric Using Recycled Carbon Emissions

(LanzaTech)  Partnership includes India Glycols Limited and Far Eastern New Century  -- Biotechnology company LanzaTech today announced it has partnered with lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU), an athletic apparel company, to create the world’s first yarn and fabric using recycled carbon emissions

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A Tweaked Yeast Can Make Ethanol from Cornstalks and a Harvest’s Other Leftovers

by Nikk Ogasa (Science News)  The process could tap underused sources of renewable fuels  --  ... But by tweaking a gene in common baker’s yeast, researchers have engineered a strain that can defuse those deadly by-products and get on with the

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Energycane Produces More Biodiesel than Soybean at a Lower Cost

(University of Illinois/EurekAlert!)  Bioenergy from crops is a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. New crops such as energycane can produce several times more fuel per acre than soybeans. Yet, challenges remain in processing the crops to extract fuel efficiently. Four new studies

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Weather-Resistant Crops: the Bioenergy Fuel of the Future

(Bio Market Insights) ...  Finding a way to increase crop yields without encroaching on either food crops or natural habitats is a novel challenge, but it is one that may soon have a solution. Researchers from Queensland University of Technology’s Centre

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Engineered Yeast Could Expand Biofuels' Reach

by Anne Trafton (Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Phys.Org) To try to expand biofuels' potential impact, a team of MIT engineers has now found a way to expand the use of a wider range of nonfood feedstocks to produce such fuels. At the

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Transforming CO2 and Sugars Into Biofuel With a $2.7 million grant, UD researchers using microbes to make valuable chemicals

(University of Delaware) In the quest to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere and curb climate change, University of Delaware researchers are turning to an interesting ally: bacteria that consume biomass sugars and CO2. With a $2.7 million grant from the U.S.

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How President Biden’s Climate Plan Will Affect Cover Crops

by Lana Bandoim (Forbes) ... In his (President Joe Biden's) speech, he revealed paying farmers for planting cover crops that will help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Cover crops include Camelina, rye, buckwheat and several others. Yield10 Bioscience, an agtech company

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Single Gene Boosts Climate Resilience, Yield and Carbon Capture in Crops

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered a single gene that simultaneously boosts plant growth and tolerance for stresses such as drought and salt, all while tackling the root cause of climate change by enabling plants

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“What Questions Should We Be Asking About Cell-Based Meats?” A Fellow Responds.

by Andrew Stout (New Harvest)  Last month, Forbes contributor Errol Schweizer published a list of questions about cell-based meat, requesting more information from cell ag stakeholders about issues like growth media, antibiotics, and food safety. Andrew Stout, a PhD candidate in

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Stinkweed to False Flax: Oilseeds Race to Reap Biofuel Bonanza

by Rod Nickel and Karl Plume (Reuters) ... Botanists, businessmen, farmers and federal lawmakers, they all gathered to peer at the waist-high plant usually considered a pest and uprooted on sight because of its foul odor, toxicity and the grim taste

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Commentary: The Double Standard for Plant-Based Products

(Hoosier Ag News/MNC)  ... Today’s plant-based meats are far more complicated. Two of the most popular brands, Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, utilize pea protein or soy protein concentrate in their burgers, both of which closely mimic the texture and taste

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Earth Day Series Day 11: Microbial World for Renewable Fuels and Chemicals Production

by Anahita Bharadwaj* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The versatile world of microorganisms is a perfect source for the production of a variety of biobased fuels, chemicals and materials. Microorganisms have the ability to break down biomass, components of these biomass or other

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Net Zero Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Low-carbon, drop-in fuels with a pathway to “net zero” is what Gevo is all about. Capturing renewable energy and transforming it into energy dense, liquid hydrocarbons that can be drop-in fuels is a game changer,

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Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, Cemvita Factory Announce Plan to Develop Pilot Plant for Innovative CO2-to-Bio-Ethylene Technology

(Oxy Low Carbon Ventures/PR Newswire)  Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV), a subsidiary of Occidental (NYSE: OXY), and bio-engineering startup Cemvita Factory today announced a plan to construct and operate a one metric ton per month bio-ethylene pilot plant, applying a jointly developed

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The First ‘Cash Cover Crop’ Edges Closer to Commercialization

(CoverCress Inc./PR Web) CoverCress Inc. announces $8 million in partner funding for new low carbon oilseed. -- Midwestern farmers are one step closer to the prospect of growing a new cover crop that will generate a cash margin while supporting regenerative

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Genome Scalpel Invented for Industrial Microalgae to Efficiently Turn CO2 into Biofuel

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters/EurekAlert!)  A single-celled alga undergoes genome surgery to remove non-essential parts. This can lead to a most efficient cellular factory for producing sustainable biofuels from sunlight and carbon dioxide. Researchers from the Qingdao Institute of BioEnergy and Bioprocess

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The Green Secrets of Goat Poop – Smarter Materials, Better Medicines, and Sustainable Biofuels

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/SciTechDaily) Microbes found in the goat gut microbiome could help humans convert plant material into valuable, eco-friendly commodities. Converting the tough fibers and complex sugars in plants into biofuels and other products could be humanity’s ticket to smarter materials,

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The Sage of Hastings-on-Hudson: The Wit and Wisdom of Ron Cascone

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Ronald F. Cascone died on Friday, March 5th from complications of COVID and after a long battle with esophageal cancer. He was 77. Cascone was known around the world as one of

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Termite Gut Microbes Could Aid Biofuel Production

(American Chemical Society/EurekAlert!)  Wheat straw, the dried stalks left over from grain production, is a potential source of biofuels and commodity chemicals. But before straw can be converted to useful products by biorefineries, the polymers that make it up must be

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Scientists Discover Plants' Roadblock to Specialty Oil Production

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/EurekAlert!)  Research solves longstanding problem and opens path for growing crops to produce industrially important high-value fatty acids -- Hundreds of naturally occurring specialty fatty acids (building blocks of oils) have potential for use as raw materials for making

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The 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy — Agriculture and Nutrition, 2021

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, the 2021 50 Hottest Companies inAgriculture and Nutrition was published today (December 31, 2020), as voted by invited international Selectors and subscribers of The Daily Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. The annual rankings

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Renewable Fuels Are Taking off…but Can They Supply the Massive Demand?

by Cameron Begley and Allan Green (Spiegare)  In the accelerating push to decarbonise aviation and marine transport fuels, constraints around the sustained availability of fats and oils feedstocks are already emerging. Recent breakthroughs in feedstock engineering technology from Australia presents a promising

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No Rapeseed Methyl Ester Means Noticeably Less Rapeseed Meal

(UFOP/Biobased Diesel Daily)  The German and European feed markets benefit significantly from the production of rapeseed-based biodiesel fuels. Rapeseed meal is generated as a joint product of oil production in this value chain. According to the Union zur Förderung von

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This Biotech Startup Is Making Palm Oil-Substitutes and Omega-3s from Carbon Emissions

by Kristin Toussaint (Fast Company) Instead of having more carbon go into the atmosphere, making our planet warmer and speeding up the effects of climate change, you might soon be able to eat those emissions. Biotech company LanzaTech has successfully

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Milk without the Cow, Cultured Meat, Silk Soap, Lab-Grown Shoes, and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of December 18th

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) “Think of the children” who won’t know that meat comes from life, not from labs, says the France ag minister who poo-poo’d cultivated meat, yet Israel’s prime minister championed cultivated meat calling it a “powerhouse”

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Engineers Go Microbial to Store Energy, Sequester CO2

by Blaine Friedlander (Cornell University/Science Daily)  By borrowing nature's blueprints for photosynthesis, bioengineers have found a way to efficiently absorb and store large-scale, low-cost renewable energy from the sun - while sequestering atmospheric carbon dioxide to use later as a biofuel. By

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Stop Arguing over GMO Crops

by Sarah Garland (Scientific American)  The vast majority of the scientific community agrees on both their safety and their potential to help feed the world sustainably  --  ... In order for global agriculture to rapidly become more sustainable and climate resilient,

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Your Amazon Boxes Could Be Turned into Biofuel: A New Microorganism Munches on Cardboard to Create a Source of Energy.

by Mark Wilson (Fast Company)  ... The problem is that recycling centers, with so much excess cardboard, just toss the material into a dump. But what if we could do something else—anything else—with all these boxes? Like fuel a car?

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ORNL Joins Effort to Make Plastic More Recyclable

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  From soda bottles to car bumpers to piping, electronics, and packaging, plastics have become a ubiquitous part of our lives. Advancements in materials have made plastics low cost, flexible, hygienic, lightweight, durable and readily available. While some

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Research Creates Hydrogen-Producing Living Droplets, Paving Way for Alternative Future Energy Sources

(University of Bristol)  Scientists have built tiny droplet-based microbial factories that produce hydrogen, instead of oxygen, when exposed to daylight in air. The findings of the international research team based at the University of Bristol and Harbin Institute of Technology

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Carbios Will Knock Your Socks off, Produces First Clear Plastic Bottles from Enzymatically Recycled Textile Waste

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Carbios will knock your socks off with their enzyme tech that is now converting textile waste and your old polyester socks and sweaters into clear plastic bottles. We’ve heard of clothing made from plastic bottles

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Coaxing Crops to Create Animal Proteins, Cucumber Peels for Food Packaging Polymers, and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of November 20th

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Cucumber peels converted into cellulose nanocrystals with potential to be used in food packaging, bamboo and sugar waste tableware that biodegrades in 60 days, a new pen design with edible ink and compostable materials, coaxing

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Microbe 'Rewiring' Technique Promises a Boom in Biomanufacturing

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Phys.Org) Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have achieved unprecedented success in modifying a microbe to efficiently produce a compound of interest using a computational model and CRISPR-based gene editing. Their approach could dramatically speed up the

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Catalytic Capital and Agriculture Opportunities to Invest in Healthy Soils, Resilient Farms and a Stable Climate

(Environmental Defense Fund and Climate and Forest Capital)  ... The purpose of the report is to highlight opportunities for catalytic capital to advance agricultural conservation, resilience and sustainability. In this report we define catalytic capital as capital intentionally deployed to

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Cyanobacteria Biofilm that Produces Ethylene, Cool Car, Kicks, and Shades All Biobased, Cell-Based Meat Brisket, and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of October 22nd

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Madonna’s lyrics “Cause we are living in a material world, And I am a material girl” come to mind when looking at the hottest innovations of the week. From a biobased car made with coconut

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New Technology Turns Delivery Boxes into Biodiesel

(The Korea Bizwire)    A newly developed technology is capable of producing biodiesel, an eco-friendly fuel for automobiles, using paper waste generated by parcel deliveries. Researchers from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) announced Tuesday that they had developed a

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National Laboratories Point to Sugars as a Key Factor in Ideal Feedstock for Biofuels

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  NREL, Oak Ridge Scientists Reveal Economics Must Include More Than Size of Poplar Trees  -- Popular wisdom holds that tall, fast-growing trees are best for biomass, but new research by two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories

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Replacing Fossil Fuels? Gene-Edited Algae Could Help Cut Biodiesel Production Costs

(Genetic Literacy Project/ISAAA) Hiroshima University researchers developed a highly efficient genome editing system for microalga Nannochloropsis oceanica, which is a potential source of biodiesel. Algae gather high concentrations of lipids through photosynthesis and these lipids can be used as feedstocks for sustainable new energies called biodiesels. Nannochloropsis species are

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Yield10 Bioscience Announces Completion of Harvesting for 2020 Field Test Program to Evaluate Novel Yield and Compositional Traits in Camelina and Canola

(Yield10 Bioscience) Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq:YTEN), an agricultural bioscience company, today announced it has completed the harvest for its 2020 Field Test Program for Camelina and canola trials conducted in the United States and Canada. Yield10’s 2020 Field Test Program is designed to evaluate several novel traits

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Powerful Pennycress: Dr. Sedbrook’s Research Team Is Transforming a Weed into a Crop

(Illinois State University)  Though farmers consider pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) nothing more than a weed, Illinois State Professor of Genetics Dr. John Sedbrook is working to change their perspective—and the plant itself. Sedbrook and his student researchers in the School of

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Researchers Create New Tool for Controlling Genes in Methanogens

(University of Arkansas) University of Arkansas researchers have developed an efficient tool for controlling genes in methanogens, a finding that could advance research in fields as diverse as climate change and biofuel production. The tool, a variation of the CRISPR-Cas9 system, was

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12 Emerging Technologies: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to WBCSD’s Innovations to Transform 2020-2030

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The World Business Council for Sustainable Development just published an issue brief as part of a series of interim outputs linked to WBCSD’s current refresh of its Vision 2050. Here are highlights from the report, highlighting 5

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Disruptive Plant Tech and Gene-editing: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Calyxt

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Using science to deliver disruptive plant-based innovations, Calyxt launched their soybean go-to-market strategy this year and have plans for selling seed to processors who contract with growers and partnering with processors on future product launches and

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Innovations that Could Shape and Transform 2020-2030

(World Business Council for Sustainable Development)  The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has released an issue brief outlining the business model shifts, emerging technologies and social innovations that could shape the next decade. This issue brief is part of

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ePURE: EU Ethanol Production Helps Achieve Green Deal Goals

(ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine) European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced 5.6 billion liters (1.48 billion gallons) of ethanol and 5.33 million metric tons of co-products in 2019, according to new audited data released on Sept. 1 by the industry group. The

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Low Carbon Cash Cover Crop: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to CoverCress

The Digest recently reported on CoverCress and why the U.S. Department of Energy’s $13 million grant for new high-value feedstock, pennycress, is so key. For an in-depth visual guide on how CoverCress is delivering new farm income and low carbon intensity

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Corn, Camelina, Canola: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Yield10 Bioscience

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We reported breaking news from Yield10 Bioscience’s latest development with their genome-edited canola plant lines here and today we have their latest investor presentation highlighting how this agricultural bioscience company is developing innovations to improve crop

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Till, Baby, Till – $13M DOE Grant Advances New High-Value Feedstock, Pennycress

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a five-year, $13 million grant to a nationwide research project to genetically strengthen Thlaspi arvense, commonly known as pennycress, for use in sustainable energy efforts. CoverCress is an

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Follow the Money: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Bioeconomy Revolution

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will Canada transform? Or stand on the sidelines?That’s the question asked by Jeff Passmore, CEO of Passmore Group who shared this illuminating “Follow the Money” slide guide that asks how tenable is fossil fuel’s future?

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Captain Canola – Yield10 Biosciences One Step Closer to Canola Feedstock Superhero

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) News just in from Yield10 Bioscience, Inc., a Massachusetts-based agricultural bioscience company, that they have obtained a positive response from USDA-APHIS’s Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) for its CRISPR genome-edited trait C3007 in canola plant lines

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Enzyme Cocktail Developed in Brazil Powers Production of Second-Generation Ethanol

by Maria Fernanda Ziegler (Agência FAPESP/EurekAlert!)  Brazilian researchers used genetic engineering to develop a low-cost platform for the production of enzymes that break down sugarcane trash and bagasse for conversion into biofuel. The novel molecules have many potential industrial applications. Researchers

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Sime Darby Plantation Publishes Its Oil Palm Genome to Support the Company’s Ambition for a Deforestation-Free Industry

(Sime Darby) Publication of the research is to enable other researchers to accelerate their ability to increase oil palm yield. Over 10 years of research and RM150 million of investment in R&D has resulted in a much more detailed genome

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