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Jatropha around the world: As SGB raises $11M, here’s a 13-country tour of development activity

Jatropha around the world: As SGB raises $11M, here’s a 13-country tour of development activity

September 11, 2014 |

The 2000s-era wonder crop went quiet as “plant anything, anywhere” gave way to the “develop genetics, boost yield” movement, led by SGB. Today, SGB moves forward again with new financing. In California, SGB announced an $11 million Series C financing to drive commercial rollout, after reducing the time to maturity from 5 years to 1-2 […]

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SGB, in preparation to sell jatropha hybrids, raised $11 million in venture funding

SGB, in preparation to sell jatropha hybrids, raised $11 million in venture funding

September 10, 2014 |

In California, SGB has raised $11 million in venture funding as the company prepares to sell renewable jatropha. Investors included Thomas McNerney & Partners, Finistere Ventures and Flint Hills Resources, a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries. The company used genetic technology to determine which plants had the most promising traits, then bred them, said […]

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SGB: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

SGB: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

March 19, 2014 |

SG Biofuels is a bioenergy crop company using molecular breeding and biotechnology to develop elite, hybrid seeds of Jatropha.  The company has sold more than 250,000 acres of its hybrid Jatropha seed, including orders from two of the top 20 largest energy companies in the world. SGB’s JMax Jatropha Optimization Platform draws from the world’s […]

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Birth of a feedstock: SGB, Yulex set to to double guayule rubber yield via accelerated breeding platform

Birth of a feedstock: SGB, Yulex set to to double guayule rubber yield via accelerated breeding platform

November 11, 2013 |

Goodbye, wild plant, full of promise. Hello, domesticated and optimized plant-soldier in the struggle to make rubber for a planet with limited acreage and rapidly-expanding demand. In biofuels and related industries, there may be a hundred feedstocks or so. Some developed, some merely domesticated, some hardly improved over the wild types in the field. 100 […]

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The Hottest Slides from 2013 ABLC-Next, Part II: bioenergy’s biggest movers do their shaking

The Hottest Slides from 2013 ABLC-Next, Part II: bioenergy’s biggest movers do their shaking

October 17, 2013 |

In California, ABLC-Next has concluded for this year — and the convergence of advanced biofuels leaders in R&D, commercialization, policy and finance will reconvene in Washington DC on April 21-23 of next year. This week, we’ll be providing highlights from this years presentations. Today, part II of our look at the hottest slides from ABLC-Next. […]

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SG Biofuels inks agreement with IADB for Guatemalan jatropha project

SG Biofuels inks agreement with IADB for Guatemalan jatropha project

October 8, 2013 |

In California, SGB has signed a mandate letter with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the debt financing of its 25,000 acre Jatropha bioenergy project in Guatemala. The project cost is estimated at approximately US$76 million. The mandate letter enables the bank and SGB to proceed with financial, technical and environmental due diligence on a […]

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SGB global field trials reveal rust-resistant Jatropha curcas

SGB global field trials reveal rust-resistant Jatropha curcas

June 18, 2013 |

In California, SGB has identified fungal rust-resistant hybrids of Jatropha curcas through its global network of field trials. Identification of the trait provides a critical defensive attribute to ensure plant health and yield preservation for the non-food energy crop. At multiple JMax Knowledge Center trial sites, several of SGB’s high yielding hybrids manifest a range […]

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On the Move in Biofuels: SGB

On the Move in Biofuels: SGB

March 7, 2013 |

In California, SGB named Eric L. Hakmiller and Andrew Leitch to its board of advisors. Hakmiller most recently served as a vice president and general manager of Bunge Biofuels, a division of Bunge North America.  Leitch currently serves on the board of directors for three publicly listed companies, including chairman of the board for Blackbaud, Inc. […]

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Jatropha Loves to Fly and It Shows

Jatropha Loves to Fly and It Shows

January 29, 2013 |

It is becoming increasingly evident that, in the near-term, acute demand for aviation biofuel is going, one way or another, to result in heavy demand for jatropha and jatropha oil-based fuels. New deals for SGB in Brazil are confirming the trend. There, at the head of the pack, well down the track from everyone else […]

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CNN highlights ups and downs of SGB’s jatropha vision

CNN highlights ups and downs of SGB’s jatropha vision

December 3, 2012 |

In New York, CNN featured an article on SGB’s jatropha vision. The optimistic article details the history of SGB’s financing from angel investors and Flint Hill Resources, but also cautions that potential changes in renewable energy policies could be devastating for the company: “Jatropha needs to prove it can be an economical alternative to conventional […]

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