Major Stories

Livin’ La Vida Octane: The quest for torque and affordable, sustainable vroom

Livin’ La Vida Octane: The quest for torque and affordable, sustainable vroom

May 22, 2017 |

Most gearheads with a passion for awesome cars will make at least one pilgrimage to the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Among it’s many charms, it’s Hot Rod heaven and speed demon dreamland, and the faithful make the Hajj. But the real Mecca of the Muscle Car, where the Rajas of […]

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T Minus 90. Amyris’ next 90 days will say much, and may say all

T Minus 90. Amyris’ next 90 days will say much, and may say all

May 21, 2017 |

Moving fast, but will escape velocity be reached? Amyris reports 164% product revenue jump — yet questions linger. In California, Amyris reported Q1 revenues of $13.0M compared with $8.8M for Q1 2016, and touted the “significant increase in product sales, primarily in the personal care and health and nutrition markets, offset by a slight decline […]

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Ethanol and biodiesel: dropping below the production cost of fossil fuels?

Ethanol and biodiesel: dropping below the production cost of fossil fuels?

May 18, 2017 |

For a number of years, this (now old and outdated, but) very useful chart has been in circulation in energy circles, mapping the supply of energy to the world by looking not at prices, but at production costs. For one thing, it goes a long way to explaining why the price of oil can tumble so […]

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5 conferences, 12 events, 1 place, 1 time: ABLC Next 2017 line-up announced

5 conferences, 12 events, 1 place, 1 time: ABLC Next 2017 line-up announced

May 17, 2017 |

In Florida, The Digest announced that the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next-Gen Technologies (ABLC Next) will be held October 16-18, 2017 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, and outlined the agenda, themes and announced a first wave of event speakers. Here’s a special private column by Digest editor Jim Lane on “being seen, […]

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One place, one time, real leaders, real opportunity: looking at ABLC Next 2017

One place, one time, real leaders, real opportunity: looking at ABLC Next 2017

May 17, 2017 |

These days, stakeholders are increasing the pressure on organizations and leaders to bring in investors quickly, leverage partner resources, conserve cash, limit hiring and travel. go capital light, generate cash and convert contacts into customers. It’s a time to “be seen” yet “go lean”. Yet, there are more molecules under development than ever, and all around the globe. In […]

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8-Slide Guides

Protein, pathway design: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda

Protein, pathway design: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda

May 22, 2017 |

Arzeda’s proprietary technology combines targeted computational enzyme design and protein optimization with state-of-the-art metabolic bioengineering to create entirely novel designer cell factories capable of industry-scale chemical production. CEO Alex Zanghellini gave this illuminating overview of Arzeda’s breakthrough technology at ABLC 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Scale-up, efficiency, available markets: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber

Scale-up, efficiency, available markets: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber

May 21, 2017 |

BioAmber reported an unsurprisingly lackluster sales figure and a Q1 loss of $10.5M compared to a loss of $8.1M for Q1 2016 – unsurprising given the delays at major customer PTT. We covered the fortunatelys and unfortunatelys of this intriguing storyline here. But even better, EVP Mike Hartmann gave this illuminating overview of the technology,m markets […]

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Horizontal bioreactors: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Culture Biosystems

Horizontal bioreactors: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Culture Biosystems

May 18, 2017 |

Challenges that have plagued algae ventures? The availability of feedstock to make products, the loss of investor appetite at early stage and pre-commercial, and inefficient cultivation systems. By contrast, Culture Biosystem’s design is described as having “low capital cost, high cell density & productivity, 75-80% less water use, lower cost of downstream processing, a contamination barrier, and […]

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Missoula’s Masters of Metamorphosis: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Blue Marble Biomaterials

Missoula’s Masters of Metamorphosis: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Blue Marble Biomaterials

May 17, 2017 |

  When it comes to Blue Marble’s coordinates in the bioeconomy star-field, think advanced flavorings made from seemingly impossible materials. Most recently we reported that Missoula’s Masters of Metamorphosis this past summer released a highly sought after U.S. and E.U. Natural version of bacon dithiazine (bacon flavor ingredient) for use in food and beverage applications. Made […]

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Little Big Ally: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ginkgo BioWorks

Little Big Ally: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ginkgo BioWorks

May 16, 2017 |

Ginkgo Bioworks designs custom microbes for customers across multiple markets. We build our foundries to scale the process of organism engineering using software and hardware automation. Organism engineers at Ginkgo learn from nature to develop new organisms that replace technology with biology. Three major product sets right now. CULTURED INGREDIENTS. Producing valuable ingredients via fermentation […]

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The Latest World News

EPA OKs on-demand, sustainable pheromone biopesticide from Semios

EPA OKs on-demand, sustainable pheromone biopesticide from Semios

May 21, 2017 |

In Canada, Semios received Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Pest Regulation approval for CRS Plus, an aerosol pheromone biopesticide product that disrupts the mating of Aonidiella aurantii, also known as California Red Scale. The Semios CRS Plus solution is delivered via our internet-of-things (IoT) platform as variable rate mating disruption. In other words, we […]

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Evogene reports declining revenue as focus shifts from gene discovery to pre-development

Evogene reports declining revenue as focus shifts from gene discovery to pre-development

May 21, 2017 |

In Israel, Evogene reported $83.4 million in cash, short-term bank deposits and marketable securities, as compared to $88.2 million at December 31, 2016 and reported revenues for the first quarter of 2017 of $0.7 million, compared to $2.0 million for the first quarter of 2016.  The net loss for the first quarter of 2017 was […]

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Green Plains completes $36M Cargill Feed Yard acquisition

Green Plains completes $36M Cargill Feed Yard acquisition

May 21, 2017 |

In Nebraska, the Green Plains Cattle Company completed the previously announced acquisition of two cattle feed yards from Cargill for approximately $36.7 million, excluding working capital. The transaction includes feed yards located in Leoti, Kan. and Yuma, Colo., adding capacity of 155,000 head to the company’s operations, and positions Green Plains Cattle Company as the […]

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Novozymes undertakes $36M expansion in Blair, Nebraska 

Novozymes undertakes $36M expansion in Blair, Nebraska 

May 21, 2017 |

In Nebraska, Novozymes announced a $36M expansion of its enzyme manufacturing plant in Blair, Nebraska – an investment to increase capacity for the production of enzymes for biofuels in the US and globally. At the same time, we are also celebrating five years of successful operation in the state thanks to strong partnerships with local, […]

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“Rapeseed the Power Plant”, says UFOP

“Rapeseed the Power Plant”, says UFOP

May 21, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP said EU power plants should consider using more rapeseed oil as an energy source. “The rapeseed plants are real power plants,” the organization said, “From just two to three kilogrammes of seed sown per hectare, around 3,800 kilogrammes of rapeseed is produced at harvest just eleven months later. This yields 1,600 litres […]

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R&D News

Poll: No Boater Confusion at the Pump

Poll: No Boater Confusion at the Pump

May 21, 2017 |

In Washington, CK Motorsports and Growth Energy released a new survey, which found 94 percent of boaters “find it easy to pick the right fuel” and are confident in their selection. Labeling is mandated under federal law, as some small equipment and marine engines should only be fueled with E10. Ninety-seven percent of the nation’s […]

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Canadian researchers awarded grant to use waste heat from biofuels to produce clean food

Canadian researchers awarded grant to use waste heat from biofuels to produce clean food

May 18, 2017 |

In Canada, researchers at Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University are recipients of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) College University Idea to Innovation grant, valued at more than $725,000. The funds will advance their project, “From Waste to Clean Food,” as they work together with industry partners. The project combines […]

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Texas A&M researchers develop carbon fiber from lignin

Texas A&M researchers develop carbon fiber from lignin

May 17, 2017 |

In Texas, waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars. “We have overcome one of the industry’s most challenging issues by discovering how to make good quality carbon fiber from waste,” said Dr. Joshua Yuan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and associate professor of […]

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University of Illinois researchers integrate technologies to enhance yeast productivity

University of Illinois researchers integrate technologies to enhance yeast productivity

May 16, 2017 |

In Illinois, in a new article in Nature Communications University of Illinois researchers describe how their successful integration of several cutting-edge technologies—creation of standardized genetic components, implementation of customizable genome editing tools, and large-scale automation of molecular biology laboratory tasks—will enhance our ability to work with yeast. The results of their new method demonstrate its potential to […]

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Puerto Rican researchers find Latin American oil palm expansion mostly on pastureland

Puerto Rican researchers find Latin American oil palm expansion mostly on pastureland

May 15, 2017 |

In Puerto Rico, researchers from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras say in a new study that most palm oil plantations under development in Latin America are on former pasturelands. The study looked at NASA satellite images for 10 Latina American countries. The region’s palm oil acreage under production has doubled since 2001. […]

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Policy & Policymakers

EPA can improve its implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 6 ways: BIO

EPA can improve its implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 6 ways: BIO

May 21, 2017 |

In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization called on the US EPA to “improve its implementation of RFS,” and noted six key improvements. issue its annual Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) under the RFS on time; interpret its general waiver authority as it did before 2013; make process improvements for RFS pathway approvals – not only to […]

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Brazil’s ethanol parity price likely hit by presidential scandal-induced Real rollercoaster

Brazil’s ethanol parity price likely hit by presidential scandal-induced Real rollercoaster

May 18, 2017 |

In Brazil, accusations against the country’s president suggesting he bribed a witness to a corruption investigation have sent the Real sliding by 8%, a move that will likely impact the ethanol parity price that mills use to determine whether they will produce ethanol or sugar. That price was recently around 15 cents per pound against […]

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County commissioners approve 12 year tax abatement for POET’s Marion expansion

County commissioners approve 12 year tax abatement for POET’s Marion expansion

May 17, 2017 |

In Ohio, Marion County commissioners approved a 80% tax abatement over 12 years for POET’s $115 million expansion project at its Marion ethanol plant. The abatement is valued at between $1.5 million and $2 million. Commissioners said they approved the deal, after getting sign off from the township’s trustees and local school board, because of […]

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E15 legislation not likely in place before the summer driving season

E15 legislation not likely in place before the summer driving season

May 16, 2017 |

In Washington, though some hoped the proposed bill to allow E15 sales year-round would be marked up and voted upon in time for retailers to sell the fuel this summer, others expect that mark up could take place before the summer recess but would not likely be passed into law before then. Simultaneously, the Environmental […]

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China and Indonesia agree on crude palm oil for B5

China and Indonesia agree on crude palm oil for B5

May 15, 2017 |

In China, Indonesia’s president has agreed with his Chinese counterpart to boost crude palm oil exports to the country in order to help supply the 5% biodiesel blending mandate. In addition, he encouraged the Chinese president to promote investment from Chinese companies into Indonesia’s CPO derivative industry in an effort to develop closer ties. The […]

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Other Recent Articles

“Bio-based Materials of the Year 2017” Announced

“Bio-based Materials of the Year 2017” Announced

May 21, 2017 |

In Germany, The Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2017” was awarded to packaging materials based on agriculturalBIO-LUTIONS (DE), new generation paper bags from Paptic (FI) and the first biotech raspberry fragrance from Phytowelt (DE). The competition focused on new developments in the bio-based economy, which have had (or will have) a market launch […]

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HPCL to invest $92.4 million in 2G ethanol plant in Bathinda

HPCL to invest $92.4 million in 2G ethanol plant in Bathinda

May 18, 2017 |

In India, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. has teamed with ICRISAT, Engineers India Ltd (EIL) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) on its 100,000 liter per day $92.4 million second-generation ethanol plant in Bathinda. The facility will use 400 metric tons of sugarcane bagasse and other crop waste as feedstock. Additionally it will also produce bio-CNG and […]

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Pacific Biodiesel to harvest first sunflower crop later this month

Pacific Biodiesel to harvest first sunflower crop later this month

May 18, 2017 |

In Hawaii, Pacific Biodiesel is preparing to harvest its first 14-acre sunflower crop later this month using a biodiesel-powered combine and has just planted its second tranche of the 115-acre oil seed crop that should bloom in about two months. The project scales up the company’s oil seed production operations trialed under a collaboration with […]

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My Eco Energy develops franchisee fueling station models to retail biodiesel in India

My Eco Energy develops franchisee fueling station models to retail biodiesel in India

May 18, 2017 |

In India, My Eco Energy has developed franchisee fueling station models to market its Indizel, palm oil-based biodiesel imported from Singapore using crude palm oil from Malaysian and Indonesian origins. The fueling stations are adapted to whether they are bolt on for existing stations or are new stations, and depending on location if they are […]

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US Oil seeks to invest $3 million in ethanol pipeline to facilitate exports to Canada

US Oil seeks to invest $3 million in ethanol pipeline to facilitate exports to Canada

May 18, 2017 |

In Wisconsin, US Oil plans to develop a $3 million, 1,000-foot pipeline project that would transport ethanol across the Great Lakes connecting its oil tank yard to its liquid cargo pier at the Port of Milwaukee. The project was approved by the public works committee of city’s common council and now goes to the council […]

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Ethanol production rises again, adding to stocks

Ethanol production rises again, adding to stocks

May 18, 2017 |

In Illinois, ethanol production rose again last week to 1.027 million b/d, 21,000 b/d higher than the previous week and more than 8% higher than during the same period last year. Demand remains stagnant, however, so increased production led to an increase in stocks for a total of 23.414 million barrels contrary to the market’s […]

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