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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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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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