Tag: forestry

Global forestry and agroforestry research organizations CIFOR and ICRAF merge

Global forestry and agroforestry research organizations CIFOR and ICRAF merge

February 10, 2019 |

In Germany, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), also known as World Agroforestry, the two leading organizations focused on forestry and agroforestry research, policy and development agreed to merge to strengthen capacity, provide the evidence needed to scale up investment in sustainable development, and accelerate impact. […]

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Maine Developments – bio news mounts from the Pine Tree state

Maine Developments – bio news mounts from the Pine Tree state

June 17, 2018 |

The stories are mounting and coming in from the North with the latest news from the Maine Technology Institute and Jackson Laboratory. And while super bullet proof wood is being created in another state by removing lignin and increasing wood’s density threefold and its strength elevenfold, the latest news is making us think how amazing […]

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Researchers improving wood properties, lignin biosynthesis, for biofuels

Researchers improving wood properties, lignin biosynthesis, for biofuels

April 22, 2018 |

In North Carolina, researchers at the Forest Biotechnology Group at North Carolina State University are speeding up the process of engineering trees for specific needs in timber, biofuel, pulp, paper and green chemistry applications. Scientists can now predict the effects of altering 21 pathway genes involved in producing lignin a component of wood that needs […]

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Södra and Statkraft building new demo plant in Norway

Södra and Statkraft building new demo plant in Norway

December 16, 2017 |

In Norway, Sweden-based Södra and Statkraft are investing approximately SEK 500 million (nearly $59 million) in a new demo facility for fossil-free fuel. The biofuel will be based on forest raw material and the demo facility is expected to be in operation by spring 2019. The investment will be made through the joint company Silva […]

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Scandinavian forest companies invest game-changing $3B for bioenergy and bioproducts

Scandinavian forest companies invest game-changing $3B for bioenergy and bioproducts

September 11, 2014 |

In Scandinavia, according to Wood Resource Quarterly, forest companies have announced that they will invest $3 billion in 2014 to diversify their product lines to include bio-products from wood fiber and to generate bioenergy resources. In addition to the investments in the pulp and paper industry, there has also been an announcement that the Swedish […]

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Renewable Energy Association fires back at green groups pushing for subsidy cuts

Renewable Energy Association fires back at green groups pushing for subsidy cuts

May 6, 2013 |

In the UK, concerns that subsidies for renewable electricity from biomass could cause a six-fold surge in demand for the UK’s forestry products have lead RSPB, Friends of the Earth, and Greenpeace to send a letter to The Times condemning the use of biomass in energy. The Renewable Energy Association fired back, releasing a “strongly-worded […]

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Biomass ethanol producer looking to site plant in Franklin County

Biomass ethanol producer looking to site plant in Franklin County

August 20, 2012 |

In New York state, an unidentified Seattle-based company is in talks with the Franklin County Industrial Development Agency regarding the possible development of biomass-based biofuel production facility that would rely on the local forestry industry for feedstock supply. The company is looking at other areas as well but as had two successful in-person meetings with […]

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Avrim Lazar pushes bio-based products on Canadian House of Commons Finance committee

Avrim Lazar pushes bio-based products on Canadian House of Commons Finance committee

October 21, 2011 |

In Canada, Avrim Lazar, President and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada appeared during pre-budget consultations undertaken by the House of Commons Finance committee.  Among several suggestions and statements, Lazar urged, “We need to move now to accelerate our production of innovative new products such as bio-energy, bio-chemicals and other bio-products or lose […]

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