November 20, 2014

RSB partners with Elements Traceability Software

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials and Elements Software Ltd. are working together to help RSB members track their biofuel feedstocks. Elements is a web based traceability platform that will help with Renewable Energy Directive compliance. READ MORE

November 19, 2014

USDA ARS: Boosting butanol’s role in the biofuel world

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicThe potential for producing butanol as a biofuel has become a bit more promising, thanks to USDA scientists and their partners. The research suggests that barley straw and corn stover could be cost-effective feedstocks for producing biobutanol. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

UI economists: Ethanol/CBOB ratio at breakeven, unlikely to last

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe recent drop in gasoline prices raises the question whether ethanol's competitiveness in blends is being threatened. University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good examined the prices relationship in a recent FarmDocDaily post. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

Demand for corn will be key, supported by low prices

BY Jason Sagebiel, FCStone Found In:Markets, FeedstocksAs the old saying goes “the cure for low prices is low prices.” Demand and corn at five-year lows developed a low pricing point as of late October, despite a record yield and big carryout. READ MORE

November 10, 2014

USDA lowers corn projections slightly, ups corn use estimate

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyUSDA is still projecting a record corn crop, but just not quite as big, reducing its forecast by 68 million bushels in the Nov. 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. Corn production is now forecast at a record 14.407 billion bushels. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

LBNL startup Afingen uses precision method to enhance plants

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessBy manipulating a plant's metabolic pathways, two scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have figured out a way to genetically rewire plants to allow for an exceptionally high level of control over the spatial pattern of gene expression. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory planned in Illinois

BY University of Illinois Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessUniversity, state, and industry officials came together on Oct. 22 to celebrate the announcement of the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory, a unique facility coming to the University of Illinois campus. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

New process transforms wood, crop waste into valuable chemicals

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison, David Tenenbaum Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, CellulosicScientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have disclosed a new method to convert lignin into simple chemicals. The innovation is an important step toward replacing petroleum-based fuels and chemicals with biorenewable materials. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

Researchers win funding for miscanthus, sorghum research

BY University of Illinois Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicTwo University of Illinois crop sciences researchers interested in improving plant feedstocks for bioenergy production were selected to receive funding from the USDA and U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE