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S&W Seed expects to file patents for stevia varieties with improved taste and higher yield

S&W Seed expects to file patents for stevia varieties with improved taste and higher yield

September 15, 2014 |

In California, S&W Seed Company reports that it expects to file patent applications in October or November of 2014 for its stevia varieties. The company is compiling data from its most recent field trials, during summer and fall of 2014. Its R&D effort, headed by Dr. Clinton Shock, has successfully crossed certain lines that have produced improved taste profiles and plant mass that the company […]

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Harper Government invests in Canada’s bioproducts sector

Harper Government invests in Canada’s bioproducts sector

September 15, 2014 |

In Canada, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Member of Parliament Mike Wallace announced an investment of $7 million to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada for a first-of-its-kind national bioproducts cluster. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists will work with industry partners on adding value to the agriculture sector and responding to global demand for environmentally-friendly bioproducts. This will […]

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A looming cellulosic feedstock shortage?

A looming cellulosic feedstock shortage?

September 15, 2014 |

As the first wave of cellulosic biorefineries launch — is there really enough affordable feedstock for the next wave? Can growers make enough money to justify the switch…and risk? For several years, the questions that have perplexed actors in the advanced bioeconomy have revolved around policy stability and the effectiveness of the new technology: can […]

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4 Minutes With…John M. May, Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co, industry financier

4 Minutes With…John M. May, Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co, industry financier

September 15, 2014 |

Innovative finance? We think that’s John May’s middle name; it’s certainly his trademark. Stern Bothers rolled up a tremendous clientele in the Advanced Bioeconomy — primarily on its innovative bond financing approach to first commercial projects backed by USDA (and DOE) loan guarantees. For his clients, he’s been a steady counselor in getting new companies […]

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Biofuels Digest Index drops to 77.85 as chemical equities wither

Biofuels Digest Index drops to 77.85 as chemical equities wither

September 15, 2014 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, dumped 1.89 percent to 77.85 as chemical equities withered.  For the day, KiOR (KIOR) soared 22.56 percent to $0.22, while Aemetis (AMTX) dropped 9.95 percent to $4.01. Among other equities, Metabolix (MBLX) plunged 11.22 percent to $0.87. Overall, declines led advances 2 to 1 […]

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Spirit of Innovation: Hot Companies photo voting

Spirit of Innovation: Hot Companies photo voting

September 14, 2014 |

Here are the winning photo votes chosen for the week starting 9/8/14 in this years’s competition for the Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, Renewable Chemicals & Biomaterials. This week, you can see teams invoking Bart Simpson, Pac-Man, Barbie, Justice League, The Beatles, and Monopoly as they visualize their innovative spirits and communicate their enthusiasm for their […]

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PUMP debuts Sept. 19 in NY and LA. Elon Musk, Jason Bateman, Lula head a star-studded documentary on energy choice

PUMP debuts Sept. 19 in NY and LA. Elon Musk, Jason Bateman, Lula head a star-studded documentary on energy choice

September 14, 2014 |

This Friday, a new movie debuts — billed “the movie that will change your attitude about fuel forever” — and specifically, about ending oil addiction It’s PUMP — an eye-opener directed by Josh Tickell (director of the Sundance-honored FUEL) and narrated by Jason Bateman. Featuring a host of personalities such as former Brazilian president Luiz […]

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The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 9/15/14: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 9/15/14: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

September 14, 2014 |

About The Digest Dashboard. Biofuels Digest’s Dashboard is a convenient “news you can use” 5-Minute summary of current markets including key commodity prices, relevant futures, bioenergy-related stocks, and historical equities data. Latest prices – key commodities. Most recent commodity closing prices, and price changes, for NYMEX’s crude oil, Brent Crude, Ultra-Low Sulphur Diesel, Natural Gas, […]

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4 Minutes With…Mike Knauf, CEO, Rivertop Renewables

4 Minutes With…Mike Knauf, CEO, Rivertop Renewables

September 14, 2014 |

If you’ve been to Missoula of late, you’ll note that there’s a bit of an innovation corridor building up in what insiders have known for a long time as one of the really great college towns in the country. A couple of years ago, the combination of a great lifestyle and a highly promising technology […]

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Biofuels Digest Index dips to 79.35 on a broad drop in equities

Biofuels Digest Index dips to 79.35 on a broad drop in equities

September 14, 2014 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, shed 1.46 percent to 79.35 on a broad drop in equities.  For the day, KiOR (KIOR) soared 28.21 percent to $0.18, while Solazyme (SZYM) dumped 3.16 percent to $8,52. Among other equities, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) plunged 6.10 percent to $20.01. Overall, declines led advances […]

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