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Benson Hill Biosystems, CTC validate multiple product candidates in Setaria viridis model crop

Benson Hill Biosystems, CTC validate multiple product candidates in Setaria viridis model crop

March 26, 2017 |

In Missouri, Benson Hill Biosystems and Brazil’s Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira have validated multiple product candidates in Setaria viridis model plant system and CTC officials said that the milestone increases the probability of success in sugarcane since the photosynthetic systems of the two plants are very similar. The next phase is to validate the genes’ efficacy […]

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US ethanol production jumps to 15.9 billion gallon annual rate

US ethanol production jumps to 15.9 billion gallon annual rate

March 26, 2017 |

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 1.044 million barrels per day—or 43.85 million gallons daily. That is down 1,000 b/d from the week before, but the 21st straight week over 1 million b/d. The four-week average for ethanol production increased to 1.037 million b/d […]

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BASF licenses CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology from the Broad Institute

BASF licenses CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology from the Broad Institute

March 26, 2017 |

In North Carolina, BASF reached a global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the use of CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology to improve products in agricultural and industrial microbiology applications. The technology advances genome editing because it has the potential to be a simpler and more precise tool for making targeted changes […]

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Prices of GMO-free oilseed meals on the rise

Prices of GMO-free oilseed meals on the rise

March 26, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that asking prices for oilseed meals clearly reflect the difference in availability. Rapeseed meal on nearby positions is scarce and, as a consequence, expensive. Climbing demand for rapeseed meal for GMO-free dairy feeding has also contributed to pushing the situation further. GMO-free soybean meal is also in short supply at the […]

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NREL to hold key Industry Day meeting on April 12th

NREL to hold key Industry Day meeting on April 12th

March 26, 2017 |

In Colorado, NREL is holding an Industry Day on April 12th. Themes for the day include leveraging public/private investments to advance bioeconomy based companies, speeding up commercialization, and effectively the value of partnership in offering expertise, experience, facilities, and the chance to leverage research programs. The meeting is free and more than 300 individuals in […]

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VanEck joins Climate Bonds Initiative partners

VanEck joins Climate Bonds Initiative partners

March 26, 2017 |

In England, global asset manager VanEck has joined the Climate Bonds Initiative Partnership Program to support the development of green finance markets. VanEck manages $43 billion in assets, and last month launched the VanEck Vectors Green Bond ETF, the first U.S. listed exchange traded fund that provides access to the fast-growing global green bond market. […]

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BioChar’s Buzzing and Cool Planet’s $20M cap raise is feeding it

BioChar’s Buzzing and Cool Planet’s $20M cap raise is feeding it

March 23, 2017 |

In Colorado, Cool Planet has closed on $19.3 million in Series A financing and note conversion to commercialize its Cool Terra and Cool Fauna engineered biocarbon products. This latest round of funding was led by Agustín Coppel and North Bridge Venture Partners. All together, Cool Planet has raised nearly $30 million in the last 18 […]

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Advanced biorefining leadership: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

Advanced biorefining leadership: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

March 23, 2017 |

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) is a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. We are an international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of renewable chemicals and are North America’s largest producer of advanced biofuel. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert natural fats, oils, greases, […]

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Dumpers! NBB files suit against Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel producers: “flooding the U.S. market”

Dumpers! NBB files suit against Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel producers: “flooding the U.S. market”

March 23, 2017 |

In Missouri, the National Biodiesel Board filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition, making the case that Argentine and Indonesian companies are violating trade laws by flooding the U.S. market with dumped and subsidized biodiesel. The petition was filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition, which is made up of the National Biodiesel […]

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DC’s climate change: renewables adapting to shifting political weather

DC’s climate change: renewables adapting to shifting political weather

March 22, 2017 |

There’s climate change in Washington; it’s the only kind that no one denies, and that’s political change. The hot air is blowing hotter than usual, and it’s impacting the US renewables community as the policy shifts initiated by the Trump Administration begin to bite. The Basket of Budget Deplorables The predictable response has issued from the messaging blast furnaces at […]

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