Major Stories

Cannabinoid, meet biochem – Lygos acquires Librede to scale up and commercialize cannabinoid production

Cannabinoid, meet biochem – Lygos acquires Librede to scale up and commercialize cannabinoid production

January 18, 2020 |

While Cheech and Chong now say that marijuana’s coolness is gone, cannabinoids on the other hand are taking off like crazy and Lygos is pushing the gas pedal to the max to scale up and commercialize cannabinoids. In California comes the hot news that Lygos, who you may know for their sugar converting advanced biotech […]

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Taco Bell and Perdue biopackaging, iPhone plant-based case, castor straws, cabbage lamps, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of January 17th

Taco Bell and Perdue biopackaging, iPhone plant-based case, castor straws, cabbage lamps, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of January 17th

January 16, 2020 |

Kermit the Frog said “It’s not easy being green,” but these innovations might just change that and make it easier than ever to support a biobased economy. From a 100% compostable plant-based iPhone case, to Taco Bell’s look at fiber packaging and Perdue’s new biodegradable cornstarch-based foam, and cabbage leaves lampshades it’s easier than ever […]

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Voting opens for Best Places to Work in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2020

Voting opens for Best Places to Work in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2020

January 15, 2020 |

Out of thousands of eligible organizations, who will make the Best Places to Work – who will get your vote? Expanded voting options via Twitter – special Photo voting In Florida, The Digest announced the official opening of voting for the Best Places to Work in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Voting Rules Voting is open to […]

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Impossible Foods launches Impossible Pork

Impossible Foods launches Impossible Pork

January 13, 2020 |

It began with beef without the cow, even leather without the cow, and now we wave goodbye to pork from the pig with the news that Impossible Foods has launched pork made from plants. Not only that, but Impossible Foods is going beyond the Impossible Whopper and expanding their work with Burger King in a […]

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Alaska Airlines endorses Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Alaska Airlines endorses Low Carbon Fuel Standard

January 11, 2020 |

Washington State’s Clean Fuels Program Takes to the Skies with Alaska Airlines In Washington, a big endorsement for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard from Alaska Airlines – the first time a major airline endorses the LCFS. As a major employer in Seattle – its headquarters location – Alaska Airlines’ support for low carbon fuel policy […]

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8-Slide Guides

Smile! It’s PhotoSeed! Traited Genetics that Improve Photosynthesis and Seeds: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maximizing Anaerobic Digester Output

Smile! It’s PhotoSeed! Traited Genetics that Improve Photosynthesis and Seeds: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maximizing Anaerobic Digester Output

January 19, 2020 |

Imagine technology that is applicable across several crops that can enhance yield and improve seed composition including soybean and canola. No need to imagine as ZeaKal shared at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco with this illuminating presentation on their PhotoSeed technology and the latest results from their expanded field trials, and more.

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Walking the Fine Line: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maximizing Anaerobic Digester Output

Walking the Fine Line: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maximizing Anaerobic Digester Output

January 19, 2020 |

Everyone wants to lower their risk. But how do you do that? Just ask John Forcier from Forcier Consulting Engineers and an Associate at Lee Consulting, who gave this illuminating presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco. He shared how manures and WWT sludge have limited energy due to previous digestion, but that there are […]

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The Sex and Hunger Business: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Fragrances and Flavors Industry

The Sex and Hunger Business: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Fragrances and Flavors Industry

January 16, 2020 |

With an estimated $48 billion or more industry value, flavors and fragrances are no small potatoes. In fact, the top 3 fragrance and flavor companies represent about 24% of the global industry sales. Here’s a quick look at biotech partnerships that are innovating in this industry like Amyris, Codexis, Evolva, Gingko Bio, Green Biologics, Algenol, […]

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Mating Disruption: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Insect Romance Killer

Mating Disruption: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Insect Romance Killer

January 16, 2020 |

Provivi is revolutionizing the way we look at mating and pest control. It’s all about mating disruption without toxic chemicals but with natural pheromones – you know, the stuff that songs are written about. So is it all about sex? Pedro Coelho from Provivi shared this update on their literal ‘disruptive’ technology that makes insects […]

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The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Techno-Economic Analysis – Using a Third Party

The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Techno-Economic Analysis – Using a Third Party

January 15, 2020 |

This is Part 4 of a 4 part series that focuses on Techno-Economic Analysis from Lee Enterprises. This Slide Guide covers what the advantages are of using a third party, why it makes sense in terms of efficiency, objectivity and credibility, and more.

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The Latest World News

Ethanol production rate caps off 11-week rise with a 0.2% decrease

Ethanol production rate caps off 11-week rise with a 0.2% decrease

January 18, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production expanded by 33,000 barrels per day (b/d), or 3.1%, to 1.095 million b/d—equivalent to 45.99 million gallons daily and the largest volume since June 2019, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels. The four-week average ethanol production rate rose 0.7% to 1.077 million b/d, equivalent to an annualized […]

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Vegetable oil price index hits two-year high

Vegetable oil price index hits two-year high

January 18, 2020 |

In Germany, the UFOP reports that firm vegetable oil prices caused the vegetable oil price index of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to rise considerably at the end of 2019. The surge was mainly driven by firm palm oil prices. However, asking prices for soybean, sunflower and rapeseed oil also […]

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AW-Energy Oy ups wave energy tech commercialization with new UK certification

AW-Energy Oy ups wave energy tech commercialization with new UK certification

January 18, 2020 |

In Finland, AW-Energy Oy, a company that develops near-shore wave energy, will now move forward with wide scale commercialization in the UK and worldwide now that it received certification by Lloyd’s Register (LR) for its WaveRoller device which converts the ocean waves into energy. It has helped to secure the first-of-a-kind grid connection with the […]

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Huntsman sells chemical intermediates and surfactants businesses to Indorama for $2B

Huntsman sells chemical intermediates and surfactants businesses to Indorama for $2B

January 18, 2020 |

In Texas, Huntsman Corporation completed the sale of its chemical intermediates businesses, which includes PO/MTBE, and its surfactants businesses to Indorama Ventures in a transaction valued at approximately $2 billion, comprising a cash purchase price of approximately $1.93 billion, which includes estimated adjustments to the purchase price for working capital, plus the transfer of up […]

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Report shows importance of agriculture in production of sustainable food and raw materials

Report shows importance of agriculture in production of sustainable food and raw materials

January 18, 2020 |

In Germany, the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants published a Report on Global Market Supply which indicates the particular importance of agriculture in the production of sustainable foodstuffs and renewable raw materials. Biofuels from cultivated biomass play a leading role when these are being produced according to the legal specifications of […]

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R&D News

UNT scientist looks to lipids to unlock secrets of plant energy

UNT scientist looks to lipids to unlock secrets of plant energy

January 18, 2020 |

In Texas, a University of North Texas Regents Professor is questioning decades-old assumptions in plant biochemistry to find better ways of storing and using lipids, the energy molecules found in all plants. “Biofuels are the future and lipids are the key,” said Kent Chapman, the UNT Professor. “The same energy molecules a plant uses to […]

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Field trials in Oregon and Arizona showing GM poplar trees don’t impact air quality

Field trials in Oregon and Arizona showing GM poplar trees don’t impact air quality

January 16, 2020 |

In Washington, poplar trees are widely used in commercial products, but, like several other tree species, they emit gases to the atmosphere that worsen air pollution and alter climate. Now field trials in Oregon and Arizona show that poplar trees, which emit trace amounts of the gas isoprene, can be genetically modified to leave air […]

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Swedish researcher finds way to get around challenges of biogas from forestry waste

Swedish researcher finds way to get around challenges of biogas from forestry waste

January 15, 2020 |

In Sweden, forest waste containing lignocellulose is a material that microorganisms do not break down very easily. It takes a very long time for them to decompose naturally and in the industrial processes used to break down waste, microorganisms are inhibited by toxic substances and are released from the reactors when the remnants of the […]

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Rutgers researchers find way to reduce cost of cellulosic biofuels

Rutgers researchers find way to reduce cost of cellulosic biofuels

January 14, 2020 |

In New Jersey, researchers from Rutgers University have developed a new process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Their approach, featuring an ammonia-salt based solvent that rapidly turns plant fibers into sugars needed to make ethanol, works well at close […]

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Japanese researchers find efficient way to use surplus glycerol

Japanese researchers find efficient way to use surplus glycerol

January 13, 2020 |

In Japan, researchers from Tokyo Tech and Taiwan Tech recently found an efficient way to put surplus glycerol to good use. While the electrochemical conversion of glycerol to other more valuable organic compounds, such as dihydroxyacetone (DHA), has been studied for years, existing approaches require the use of precious metals, namely platinum, gold, and silver. […]

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Policy & Policymakers

RFA says U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will help American ethanol

RFA says U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will help American ethanol

January 18, 2020 |

In Washington, DC, the Renewable Fuels Association thanked the U.S. Senate for passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), what the RFA refers to as “a crucial trade pact that will benefit U.S. ethanol producers and rural economies across the nation.” RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper offered the following statement: “America’s ethanol producers look forward […]

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Iowa Senator wants Trump to fire EPA administrator if 15 billion gallons not blended in 2020

Iowa Senator wants Trump to fire EPA administrator if 15 billion gallons not blended in 2020

January 16, 2020 |

In Washington, Iowa Starting Line reports that Senator Joni Ernst has said she will tell President Trump to drop the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency if he doesn’t hold up the promise to ensure 15 billion gallons of ethanol blending this year as promised by the president. She said that in a meeting on […]

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Italian watchdog fines Eni €5 million for calling its palm oil HVO green

Italian watchdog fines Eni €5 million for calling its palm oil HVO green

January 15, 2020 |

In Italy, Government Europa reports that Italy’s competition authority has fined Eni €5 million, the highest fine allowed, claiming the company has been deceiving customers since 2016 by claiming its Eni Diesel+ was green when the watchdog says it isn’t because the feedstock used has high ILUC emissions. Eni Diesel+ uses 15% HVO from palm […]

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European coalition call for sustainable renewable fuels under Green Deal

European coalition call for sustainable renewable fuels under Green Deal

January 14, 2020 |

In Belgium, EU’s long-term energy transition goals depend not just on developing new technologies but also on alternative-fuel solutions that already reduce harmful emissions. As the EU reframes important environment and energy legislation under the European Green Deal, it should not abandon clean, proven and cost-effective solutions such as sustainable renewable fuels and LPG. That’s […]

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NFU Scotland looking at high level solutions to biodiesel farm machinery challenges

NFU Scotland looking at high level solutions to biodiesel farm machinery challenges

January 13, 2020 |

In the UK, NFU Scotland is pursuing high level solutions to the machinery problems many Scottish and UK farmers have been experiencing linked to the biofuel content in fuel. Fuel is a reserved issue and the Union is therefore seeking support from both the Scottish and UK Governments to find a solution and mitigate the […]

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Other Recent Articles

Eni to appeal $5.6M fine for “green” biodiesel advertisement

Eni to appeal $5.6M fine for “green” biodiesel advertisement

January 18, 2020 |

In Italy, the Wall Street Journal reports that Eni, an energy company that operates primarily in petroleum and natural gas, will appeal the €5 million ($5.6 million) fine that the Italian antitrust authority imposed on the company for advertisements that claimed a biodiesel component of the advertised EniDiesel+ product made from palm oil was “green” […]

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UPM replaces CHP with bio-boiler plant using wood waste

UPM replaces CHP with bio-boiler plant using wood waste

January 16, 2020 |

In Finland, a new bio-boiler plant has been put into operation at UPM Joensuu Plywood Mill. It replaces the combined heat and power plant which was built in 1962. The modern bio-boiler plant not only improves the mill’s energy efficiency but also environmental performance, occupational safety and fire safety. The boiler uses biofuel, i.e. by-products […]

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USDA seeks information regarding the creation of a Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program

USDA seeks information regarding the creation of a Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program

January 16, 2020 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public input to help with the creation of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP), a new program that will expand the availability of domestic ethanol and biodiesel by incentivizing the expansion of sales of renewable fuels. This Request for Information (RFI) solicits information on […]

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Crown introduces Renewable Diesel Pretreatment System

Crown introduces Renewable Diesel Pretreatment System

January 16, 2020 |

In Minnesota, Crown has introduced a Renewable Diesel Pretreatment System that doubles hydrotreater catalyst life, yields the industry’s highest output of pretreated product, and guarantees product quality specifications, regardless of feedstock. By maximizing contaminant removal, Crown’s Renewable Diesel Pretreatment System delivers the cleanest possible feedstock to renewable diesel hydrotreaters. Crown’s innovative design can double the […]

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German cabinet approves National Bioeconomy Strategy

German cabinet approves National Bioeconomy Strategy

January 16, 2020 |

In Germany, Agence France Presse reports the Federal Cabinet adopted the so-called National Bioeconomy Strategy on Wednesday, the Ministry of Agriculture announced in Berlin. In it, the Federal Government bundles its previous activities in the bioeconomy and sets the course for further design. The Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Education are responsible for […]

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Mexico’s supreme court rejects E10 policy

Mexico’s supreme court rejects E10 policy

January 16, 2020 |

In Mexico, Reuters reports that following a three-year legal battle, the country’s supreme court has ruled against the increased blending of ethanol at 10% compared to the prior 5.8%, saying that regulators overstepped in boosting the maximum limit. The blending increase was nationwide except for the three largest cities due to concerns of increased pollution […]

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