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Hawaii Stands Firm in Biotech Battle

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If you drove here in the 1990s, you would see nothing but dead papaya trees,” Hawaii resident Dennis Gonsalves told a newspaper reporter last summer. Gonsalves is a scientist and he is credited with helping to save Hawaii’s Papaya industry. Nearly decimated in the early 1990s by the ringspot virus, the livelihood of Hawaii’s papaya farmers was literally saved by biotechnology and the “Rainbow” papaya, which is genetically-engineered to resist the virus. Rainbow papaya makes Read More >

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The New GMO Message

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While farmers around the world – more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries – rely on the solutions that biotechnology helps to provide, the discussion around GMOs in food production has intensified. Much of the concern has been generated by misinformation online and across social media. For over a decade, myths about our members and our products were perpetuated. Our voice was not there, and consumers’ questions went unanswered. Without easy access to the 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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Bio-fueling the Navy

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The research component is anchored by the renowned biotech programs at University of California San Diego (UCSD), the Salk Institute and Scripps Research, which make San Diego a hotbed of biotech innovation. These institutions concentrate biologists, biotech scientists, engineers, and specialists, who in turn attract the entrepreneurs that help convert the research into products and companies. However, it also takes real marketplace demand—often led by a few significant “early adopters”—to put a new technology to Read More >

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