Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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Solazyme and Bunge Form Joint Venture for Commercial-Scale Renewable Oil Production Facility in Brazil, Inc. (NASDAQ: SZYM) (“Solazyme”), a renewable oil and bioproducts company, and Bunge Global Innovation LLC (“Bunge”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), a global agribusiness and food company, announced today that they and other Bunge subsidiaries have signed definitive agreements forming a Joint Venture (“JV”) to build, own and operate a commercial-scale renewable tailored oils production facility adjacent to Bunge’s Moema sugarcane mill in Brazil. Read the press release.

Biobased Milestones Biobased chemical and fuel companies went on a press-release spree last week with announcements about new products, successful partnerships,...Read the article.

Sapphire Energy Announces $144 Million Series C Funding
MarketWatch (press release) -- Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based green crude oil production, today announced it has secured the final tranche of a $144 million Series C investment funding. Read the article.

Research paper reveals better analysis methods for algal oil
Biodiesel Magazine--In addition to disclosing a new analytical method of extracting oils from algal cells, the paper describes a liquid chromatography method that generates a simple and highly informative oil profile. Read the article.

Olive Regions Work on Joint Strategy to Maintain EU Subsidies
Olive Oil Times-- A new olive oil lobby group is urgently preparing a position paper to protect its members from threatended subsidy cuts by the European Commission. Read the article.

Production of extracellular fatty acid using engineered Escherichia coli
7thSpace Interactive (press release)--As an alternative for economic biodiesel production, the microbial production of extracellular fatty acid from renewable resources is receiving more concerns recently, since the separation of fatty acid from microorganism cells is normally involved in ...Read the article.

Short Course Early Rates Extended through Friday, April 13, 2012 (Save up to $100)

All short courses for the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in Long Beach, California are currently discounted.
Edible Oils Refining Update: From the Fundamentals to New Technologies (Saturday, April 28)
Future of Lipid Oxidation, Antioxidants, Nutrition, Genomics and Metabolomic Aspects (Saturday, April 28)
Olive Oil Chemistry and Sensory Relationships (Saturday, April 28-Sunday, April 29)

Fats and Oils for Confectionary and Chocolates: Chemistry, Primary Sources, Crystallization, Alternatives, and Stability (Sunday, April 29)

April Book of the Month
April Book of the Month -Edible Oleogels: Structure and Health Implications
This book covers new oilbased materials referred to as oil gels, or “oleogels,“ and the emerging technology geared toward helping decrease the incidence of obesity and cardiovascular disease. Get it here. Use coupon code BOM0412 when checking out. (Expires May 14, 2012)

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