In California, energy crop company Ceres and Novozymes, the world’s largest enzyme provider, have entered a research collaboration to co-develop customized plant varieties and enzyme cocktails for the production of cellulosic biofuel. The companies expect to improve the process of converting biomass to fuel through more effective enzymes and higher quality energy crops in a joint optimization project that will lead to greater fuel yields, as well as lower capital and operating costs. Ceres and Novozymes will initially work to determine the best enzyme cocktails for the biorefining of Ceres’ commercial switchgrass seed products. The partners will also begin similar evaluations of sweet sorghum, and Ceres’ researchers plan to develop customized plant varieties that can be degraded more easily by Novozymes’ enzymes. Enzymes can convert the biomass from energy crops into sugar which can then be used to produce biofuel and other bio-products.
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- Ceres publishes new grower guides for switchgrass, sorghum
- USDA, DOE award 10 R&D grants for advanced bioenergy feedstocks
- To Strive, To Seek, to Find, and max out yields
- Chromatin sorghum hybrids top trials for sugar yields
- Chromatin opts for sorghum as key advantaged biofuel feedstock; acquires Sorghum Partners, Milo Genetics
- Genera Energy joins freeway-to-fuels movement with test plots for switchgrass along highways
- Miscanthus, sweet sorghum, energy cane advancing at SERC
- The end of commodity crops?
- Genera Energy says Tennessee, switchgrass still on the radar for cellulosic biofuels
- Genera, Alcoa partner on switchgrass cultivation in Tennessee
- OSU receives $5.7m ARPA grant for sorghum, guayule research
- UC Berkeley research yields high-starch “Frankenstein” switchgrass
- Pacific Ethanol boosts use of Chromatin’s sorghum
- Que SARA, será (whatever is sustainable, will be): sorghum, water and biofuels
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