In Michigan, a multi-institutional team reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30 percent and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production. Working first with the laboratory-friendly plant Arabidopsis and later with sugarcane, the team introduced genes that boost natural oil production in the plant. They increased […]
In Spain, bioenergy consultant Alkol has signed an agreement for developing a new hybrid sugarcane with UPM- Universidad Poltécnica de Madrid. Because many of Europe’s biomass sources are not competitive in global markets, this project is hoping to create a new sugarcane with more fiber, that is resistant to lack of water, and that will […]
In Australia, researchers at the University of Queensland have discovered a bacterium that helps sugarcane to improve its yields without increasing the use of fertilizers. This bacterium, Burkholderia australis, promotes plant growth through nitrogen fixation. The researchers are sequencing the genome of the batermium to confirm its ability to turn nitrogen into plant nutrients.
In Brazil, another 20 sugarcane mills are expected to shut down in the next few years, following in the footsteps of the more than 50 that have been shuttered since 2007, even though the government agreed to boost gasoline prices by 4%. The move to reduce subsidies on gasoline isn’t expected to be enough to […]
In California, the California Ethanol + Power sugarcane and sweet sorghum project planned for the Imperial Valley may at last start breaking ground on its ethanol distillery during the first quarter of 2014. As of last week, all of the building permits are in place. The UK’s Booker Tate has analyzed the spot, saying it’s […]
In Australia, Swiss-based Capital Dynamics has bought two co-generation facilities from sugarcane mills for an undisclosed amount, though NSW Sugar Milling Cooperative is said to have invested $220 million to build them. The cogeneration arm of the mill went into receivership in 2011, so it’s expected that the investors paid less than the build cost.
In India, peasant farmers in Maharashtra are demanding government permission to produce ethanol directly from excess cane rather than just from the molasses byproduct, especially since Praj—who designs and manufactures ethanol plants for the global market—is located in the state. Producers say the government won’t allow direct ethanol production because it would lose out on […]
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In Brazil, sugarcane mills are at their peak harvesting period, a fact which has reduced their ability to switch between ethanol and sugar as quickly as they would like in order to take advantage of market movements. Though sugar prices are more interesting thanks to a weaker real, and some cane has been diverted back […]
In Brazil, the state development bank BNDES plans to boost sugarcane mill financing by 46% this year in order to increase ethanol production. The bank expects to lend about $2.6 billion in 2013 with interest rates down to 5.5% as of July 29, from 6.3% previously.