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2014 BIO Convention Executive Perspective Panel – Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals

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A Look into the Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Forum at the 2014 BIO International Convention On June 24, 2014, BIO hosted a session titled Executives Perspective – 2014: Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals in the Balance? as part of the Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Forum at this year’s International Convention. Here, BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section board members reflected on the 2014 transformation of the industrial biotech sector from pre-commercial promise to market threat – and the unprecedented Read More >

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Turning Urban Waste into Bioplastic

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Bacteria possible key to produce useful bioplastics from the gasification of urban waste Each year, the European Union produces three billion tonnes of waste. According to Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union), this equates to six tonnes of solid waste for every EU citizen. A major challenge is finding ways to reduce and reuse a large amount of this waste. But now, the EU funded Synpol Project, which aims to propel the sustainable Read More >

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Biodiesel Production from Sugarcane

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A multi-institutional team led by plant biology professor Stephen P. Long from the University of Illinois reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30 percent and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production. These are the first steps in a bigger initiative that will turn sugarcane and sorghum – two of the most productive crop plants known – into even more productive, oil-generating plants. The team presented Read More >

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Biofuel by California

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A look at some of the Golden State biotechnology companies that are contributing to the development of biofuels and renewable chemicals CELLANA Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to develop bioproducts. Algae photosynthetically produce a line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented system of serial photobioreactors coupled with open ponds, enables low-cost, continuous production of diverse strains of microalgae. Since 2009, Cellana has operated a 6-acre, Read More >

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Biofuel Research at UC San Diego

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A recent report by the US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ranked programs at UC San Diego as the two best in the country for algal biofuels research, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography as top in the nation. For the 28 Algae Technology Area projects reviewed by the panel, Mark Hildebrand and his team at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego were ranked the highest for criteria that included technical progress, Read More >

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