Tag: Rice

Indian government slams Bloomberg report alleging food insecurity due to biofuels push

Indian government slams Bloomberg report alleging food insecurity due to biofuels push

October 7, 2021 |

In India, Business Today reports the central government has slammed a recent Bloomberg story that said the country’s policy shift towards crops such as rice and corn instead of wastes as before will put India’s food security at risk. It called the report “unfounded, malicious and bereft of facts”. The petroleum and natural gas ministry […]

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India’s use of surplus rice for ethanol production a temporary measure

India’s use of surplus rice for ethanol production a temporary measure

June 15, 2021 |

In India, the Hindu newspaper reports that the government’s controversial policy to use surplus rice for ethanol production has been confirmed by the national food secretary that it is only a temporary measure to ensure blending reaches 8-8.5% this year. Up to 78,000 metric tons of rice is to be used in distilleries that typically […]

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India still looking at rice for ethanol production despite doubts

India still looking at rice for ethanol production despite doubts

June 11, 2020 |

In India, in yet another about turn, the Financial Express newspaper reports that the transportation minister says the Prime Minister and other key officials are still considering the use of surplus rice as ethanol feedstock. India has become self-sufficient in rice so rather than storing surplus rice indefinitely, the government believes it is safe to […]

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Indian opposition leader outraged by plan to use surplus rice for ethanol

Indian opposition leader outraged by plan to use surplus rice for ethanol

April 22, 2020 |

In India, the Statesman newspaper reports that the head of the opposition has slammed the government’s decision to allow the use of surplus rice for ethanol production that will be used for hand sanitizers and fuel. He accused the government of taking away staple food from the poor while producing hand sanitizers for the rich, […]

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India green lights surplus rice for ethanol production

India green lights surplus rice for ethanol production

April 20, 2020 |

In India, the Press Trust of India reports the government has approved the use of surplus rice for ethanol production that will be used to make hand sanitizer as part of the ongoing battle against COVID-19. Ethanol from rice will also be allowed to be used for blending with gasoline. Sugar mills have fallen short […]

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Rising from the Ashes: Renewable Silica from Rice Husk Ash

Rising from the Ashes: Renewable Silica from Rice Husk Ash

September 6, 2017 |

  Special to The Digest At 758.8 million tonnes (503.6 million tonnes, milled basis), world paddy production in 2017 would stand 0.8 percent, or 5.8 million tons, above a revised estimate for 2016. The comparatively modest year-on-year increase mirrors constraints posed by tight margins and heightened competition with other crops, could entail a slow-down in […]

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Thailand to use spoiled rice as ethanol feedstock to fill the supply gap

Thailand to use spoiled rice as ethanol feedstock to fill the supply gap

December 8, 2016 |

In Thailand, 4 million metric tons of spoiled rice is set for use as feedstock for ethanol production to help fill the gap in supplies required to meet current blending mandates. The late start to the sugarcane crush means an ethanol supply shortage is expected in December and January, so the department of energy business […]

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PNNL researchers lead decade-long study on rice modification for bioenergy

PNNL researchers lead decade-long study on rice modification for bioenergy

August 6, 2015 |

In Washington state, with the addition of a single gene, rice can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from its paddies during growth. It also packs much more of the plant’s desired properties, such as starch for a richer food source and biomass for energy production, according to a study in Nature. The results, which […]

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Rice is nice, but can it be less of a methane-belching device? PNNL says “yes, if you take our advice”

Rice is nice, but can it be less of a methane-belching device? PNNL says “yes, if you take our advice”

July 29, 2015 |

In Washington state, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found that with the addition of a single gene, rice can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from its paddies during growth. With the change, it also packs much more of the plant’s desired properties, such as starch for a richer food source […]

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Biofuels conversion at 10X speed? Rice researchers say yes

Biofuels conversion at 10X speed? Rice researchers say yes

August 11, 2011 |

In Texas, researchers from Rice University have developed a genetically modified e.coli bacteria that can produce butanol, from glucose and mineral salts,  about 10 times faster than any previously reported organism. “Rather than going with the process nature uses to build fatty acids, we reversed the process that it uses to break them apart,” said […]

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