Friday, April 13, 2012

News and Notes

Gevo Granted Critical Patent Enabling Commercially Viable Yields
Business Wire -- Gevo, Inc.  , a leading renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted U.S. Patent No. 8,153,415 (‘415 Patent) entitled “Reduced By-Product Accumulation for Improved Production of Isobutanol.” Read more.

California Energy Commission to award Biodico project $2 million
Biodiesel Magazine--Biodiesel Industries of Ventura LLC, a subsidiary of Biodico, has been named in a Notice of Proposed Award from the California Energy Commission for a $2 million grant. Read more.

USA boosts biomass R&D with £50 million in funding
Energy Efficiency News--The US administration has announced a $35 million boost to research and development of biofuels, bioenergy and bio-based products with a further $15 million for biomass-based oil supplements that can be blended with petroleum. Read more.

Scientists discover marine algae genome
Biofuels International--Scientists at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have created a draft genome of a marine algae sequence which will help scientists across the US to discover the best algae species for biodiesel production. Read more.

NASA Wants to Launch Floating Algae Farms
Technology Review--In one possible setup, five square kilometers of plastic bags would be used to produce 2.4 million gallons of algae oil per year—a drop in the bucket compared to the 800 million gallons of oil the US consumes every day. Read More.

New Market Report: Vegetable and Animal Oils and Fats in Mexico: Industrial Report International's Industrial reports provide a 360 degree view of an industry. The Industrial market report offers a comprehensive guide to the size and shape of the Vegetable and Animal Oils and Fats market at a national level. Read more.

U.S. Soybean Exports Grow as Vietnam's Feed Production ...'s oilseed production continued to fall well below demand from the food ... growing areas for major oilseeds crops, Post doubts that production will ...Read the report (.pdf)
VEGOILS-Palm oil hits 13-mth high on higher exports, lower stocks
Reuters--As traders continued to make bullish bets on the edible oil after industry data showed healthy export demand and lower stocks. Read more.

Olive-Oil Prices Fall to Nine-Year Low, Oil World Says
Bloomberg--Olive-oil prices fell to a nine- year low on record production in Spain and rising stocks, combined with lower domestic consumption, Oil World reported. Read more.

World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE)
U.S. and World Supply-- The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) has released its monthly report, titled "World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates" (WASDE), which provides the most current USDA forecasts of U.S. and world supply-use balances for these commodities. Read the report.

Pittcon 2013 Announces Exhibit Locations for Spring 2012
PR Web (News release)--Technical presentations include topics such as edible applications technology, biotechnology, lipid oxidation and quality, surfactants and detergents, agricultural microscopy and more. Read more.

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