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Evogene bio-stimulant microbial seed treatment trials a success in second year

In Israel, Evogene recently announced highly promising second-year field trial results for its bio-stimulant microbial seed treatments for the improvement of corn yield, which are under exclusive license to DuPont Pioneer. The bio-stimulant seed treatments tested in these recent trials … Continue reading

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Two institutional investors buy more than $1 million each of Aemetis

In California, two institutional investors each bought more than $1 million in securities in Aemetis during Q3 2017, the largest institutional investor buy in in eight quarters, according to the Lincolnian. With 17.73% of the company’s shareholding held by institutional … Continue reading

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Syngenta licenses NRGene’s GenoMAGICTM cloud-based big data analytics platform

In North Carolina, Syngenta has licensed NRGene’s GenoMAGICTM, a cloud-based big data analytics platform, to evaluate, predict, compare and select the best genetic makeup for crop molecular breeding and genomic selection. The agreement is on a non-exclusive, multi-year basis. The … Continue reading

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More than 1,700 Malaysian smallholder farmers protest EU over palm oil stance

In Malaysia, in response to concerns that the European Union will block the use of palm oil for biodiesel by 2020, around 1,700 smallholder oil palm farmers protested the move outside the European delegation’s offices in Kuala Lumpur. The head … Continue reading

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ENVIA Energy applies for D7 RIN generation

In Oklahoma, Velocys announced that ENVIA Energy believes that fuel produced at its Oklahoma City gas-to-liquids plant has met the necessary requirements to be submitted for qualification under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the US. As a result, the … Continue reading

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A total of 39 biodiesel plants to offer 1.2 million m3 of biodiesel at next ANP auction

In Brazil, the list of plants authorized for the 59th ANP Biodiesel Auction was just released. This time all the plants that have registered can participate in the event. That’s because all four pending plants have solved their problems. The … Continue reading

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PNNL makes strides with ADM producing propylene glycol

In Washington state, PNNL, working with the National Corn Growers Association, was exploring ways that sorbitol, a corn-derived sugar alcohol typically used as a sugar substitute, could be used to create propylene glycol (PG). Funded by DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, … Continue reading

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European Parliament to vote on REDII Wednesday

In Belgium, all eyes are on the European Parliament that is set to vote on Wednesday regarding the extension of the Renewable Energy Directive through 2030, known as REDII. ePure and farm groups Copa-Cogeca are pushing hard on the yea … Continue reading

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Ethanol To The Rescue of Higher Gas Prices

by Dave VanderGriend, Urban Air Initiative — Special to The Digest While it might be a bit overly dramatic to call it a gathering storm, there are already clear signs that the low gasoline prices we have been enjoying for the last … Continue reading

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The Silver in Silva: The Story of Steeper Energy and SGF’s’s $59M advanced biofuels project in Norway

This week we reported that Steeper Energy is partnering with Silva Green Fuel, a Norwegian-Swedish joint venture, to construct a $59M industrial scale demonstration plant at a former pulp mill located in Tofte, Norway leading to a future commercial scale project. … Continue reading

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Innoltek buys QFI’s Quebecois biodiesel plant

In Canada, INNOLTEK Inc. announced the acquisition of QFI’s biodiesel assets, a biodiesel production facility with a capacity of 19 million liters per year in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Using recycled cooking oils as feedstock, the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu plant never reached full production … Continue reading

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Delek US Holdings to complete acquisition of Alon USA Partners by February 7s

In Tennessee, Delek US Holdings, Inc. and Alon USA Partners, LP announced that Delek US’ Registration Statement on Form S-4 has been declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission and that Alon Partners has filed a definitive consent statement … Continue reading

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NexSteppe sees RenovaBio boosting Brazilian ethanol demand 60% in 2018

In Brazil, NexSteppe estimates that ethanol demand could rise 60% in 2018 as a result of RenovaBio and rising gas prices so sugarcane growers should take advantage of the opportunity and use this year to boost their plantations. Older plantations … Continue reading

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Karnataka to drop biodiesel bus program until biodiesel supplies can be secured

In India, the Times of India reports the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has decided to not buy anymore biodiesel buses after it failed to secure the fuel supplies required to run the buses it already purchased. Its biodiesel buses … Continue reading

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Specialty corn buyers end up selling to ethanol market anyway

In Illinois, Reuters reports that corn farmers who sought to move away from yellow corn for ethanol in the face of a supply glut with four-year low prices and shift into specialty corn like white corn, organic and non-GMO have … Continue reading

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UPM Biofuels gets RSB certification for Uruguayan carinata production

In Finland, UPM Biofuels has received a sustainability certificate for the cultivation of the Brassica carinata crop – a new feedstock for biofuel production – in Uruguay. The RSB certification in biofuel feedstock production complements UPM Biofuels’ existing sustainability certifications … Continue reading

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USDA awards $3 million grant for biomass-based chemicals

In Georgia, Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. announced the award of a $3 million grant from the USDA to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies owned by Meridian’s subsidiary, Attis Innovations, Inc. Attis Innovations is … Continue reading

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RFA says ethanol industry can’t negotiation with oil over RFS until they know what they want

In Washington, the CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association told DTN that a constructive discussion on the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard could not be held until the oil industry decides what its position is rather than half a … Continue reading

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Affordable, green hydrogen — it is here, near, or nowhere in sight (again)?

News arrives from Israel’s Technion Institute that they have developed a stable catalyst that can split water at extravagantly low energy-levels – and haven’t ruled out being able to split water with energy levels obtainable from the sun. Before you … Continue reading

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The Pitch: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to presenting biotechnology scale-up during fundraising

Warner Advisors LLC is a consulting firm focused on delivering commercialization assistance for emerging technology clients in biofuels, biochemicals and food —  focus is on early stage technology start-ups in the emerging bioeconomy. The company’s expertise in commercialization ranges from … Continue reading

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