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Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, ABLCNext 2014 website launches, agenda released –

In Florida, the website and networking hun for the 2014 Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, ABLC Next, launched today. ABLCNext will be held in San Francisco, November 10-12, 2014. Get the speaker, session, registration details by clicking here.    Conference highlights NEXTStore. We’re building NEXTStore: The Store of the Future right inside ABLCNext – where you […]

July 24, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index slips to 81.20 as chemicals slide

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, slipped 0.66 percent to 81.20 as chemicals slid. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) fell 2.98 percent to $3.58, while BioAmber (BIOA) retreated 6/09 percent to $12.65. Among other equities, Sacom (SAM.MI) rebounded 5.60 percent to $3.17. Overall, declines led advances 9 to 8 for […]

July 24, 2014 More

Lesaffre acquires Butalco: will the race for sustainable butanol ever be the same?

We look at why yeast giant Lesaffre acquired this development-stage Swiss company and its yeast enhancement technology. And how that may affect the competitive landscape in the search for cellulosic options. Plus, a 7-Slide, 3 Minute Tour of the technology and its promise. From Switzerland and France, news arrived that Butalco has been acquired by […]

July 24, 2014 More

Researchers find “Three Routes Forward for Biofuels”

From California, we heard of a study just released  by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis — “Three Routes Forward for Biofuels,” that helps chart a new path toward the sustainable use of biofuels as a low-carbon, renewable fuel source. The study identifies three routes for biofuels produced at biorefineries: (1) an “incremental” […]

July 24, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index dips to 81.74 as advanced biofuels tumble

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, dipped 0.18 percent to 81.74 as advanced biofuels fell. For the day, Gevo plunged 15.07 percent to $0.59, while BioAmber (BIOA) jumped 7.07 percent to $13.47. Among other equities, Sacom (SAM.MI) tumbled 4.15 percent to $3.00. Overall, advances led declines 9 to 8 for […]

July 23, 2014 More

Pain at the Pump: an illustrated guide to the war over E85, gasoline

Why is everyone yakking about E85? FTC investigations. Key Senators on the warpath. Antitrust allegations. In short, all kinds of crazy. What’s exactly going on? In today’s Digest, we’ve prepared our illustrated guide to the controversy, its origins, the issues, the claims, the back-and-forth, the hoo-hah — what’s real and what’s guff? And what exactly is […]

July 23, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index rises to 81.87 as chemicals soar

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, rose 0.90 percent to 81.87 as chemicals soared. For the day, Algae.Tec jumped 18.75 percebt as Reliance exercised stock rights, while Metabolix (MBLX) rebounded 18.16 percent to $0.70. Among other equities, Solazyme (SZYM) was up 4.58 percent to $10.28. Overall, advances led declines 3 […]

July 22, 2014 More

The Origin of Sex

Algae researchers think they may have discovered a trigger that establishes gender, and sexual reproduction. We humans experience asexual cellular division, or mitosis, though we rarely write songs or poetry in celebration of it. Our earliest life experience reflects that process, as two cells become four, and four become eight. As multicellular organisms, however — and […]

July 22, 2014 More

Jet fuel or liquid natural gas: now available from a trash bin near you, Part II

In part 1, Tim Sklar considered Basic Arguments for Considering a Waste-to LNG Pathway, the Growing World-Wide Demand for LNG, and LNG Demand in the US, here. The Transportation Segment The other major potential market in the US is LNG that used as a transportation fuel in vehicles  designed to run on compressed natural gas […]

July 22, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index flat at 81.14 despite chemicals advance

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, was flat at 81.14 despite a chemicals advance. For the day, Aemetis (AMTX) was up 3.48 percent to $12.78 on news of a California Energy Commission award, while Metabolix (MBLX) rebounded 7.43 percent to $0.59.  Among other equities, Gevo (GEVO) dropped 5.37 percent to […]

July 21, 2014 More