International Sugar Journal

Modified enzyme enhances hydrolysis of cellulosic feedstock into sugars [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), working in partnership with colleagues at the Brazilian Biorenewables National Laboratory (LNBR) in Campinas, São Paulo State, Brazil, have discovered that modifying the enzyme β-glucosidase sourced from Trichoderma harzianum, a fungus found in the Amazon, greatly facilitates the hydrolysis of cellulosic feedstocks for the production of simple sugars for subsequent fermentation.

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Engineered Rhodococcus opacus produces high yields of biodiesel from glucose [Full subscriber]

Researchers the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have presented a new strategy for efficiently producing fatty acids and biofuels that can transform glucose and oleaginous microorganisms into microbial diesel fuel, with one-step direct fermentative production.

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Brazil sees a brighter outlook for ethanol as US corn output is expected to fall significantly [Registered]

Brazilian sugar mills are closely watching the 2019 U.S. corn crop for reduced harvests that could boost prices for the cereal, raising ethanol production costs there and opening room for Brazilian ethanol to gain domestic market share, reports Reuters.

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Brazil – Government permits use of debentures to drive investments in the ethanol sector [Full subscriber]

The Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, signed on 17th June during the Ethanol Summit, in São Paulo, the ordinance authorizing the issuance of incentive debentures by the biofuels sector, according to local press reports.

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One-pot chemocatalytic process for producing cellulosic ethanol [Full subscriber]

Now, scientists at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a chemocatalytic approach to convert cellulose into ethanol in a one-pot process by using a multifunctional Mo/Pt/WOx catalyst.

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Brazil – Expansion in corn ethanol production boosted by corn production [Full subscriber]

Following a bold move by a group of investors in 2014 to embark on building Brazil’s first ethanol plant based 100% on corn, five years on, the group has doubled capacity in the initial plant, built a second unit and announced plans for three more, as Brazilian farmers ramp up corn production, reported Reuters.

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USA – Corn growers cheers lifting of summer ethanol ban [Full subscriber]

The Trump administration lifted restrictions on the sale of higher ethanol blends of gasoline on 31st May, keeping a campaign promise to farmers suffering from the trade war with China but drawing a legal threat from the oil industry and environmental groups.

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EU repeals anti-dumping duties on US ethanol [Registered]

The European Commission has scrapped anti-dumping duties (ADD) on ethanol imports originating from the US. This has prompted sharply divergent assessments of the potential impact on European producers, with the […]

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Argentina – Government raises prices of corn- and cane-based fuel ethanol [Registered]

The Argentine government on 10 May raised prices for the purchase of bioethanol made from sugarcane or corn for mandatory blending with gasoline, reported Reuters.

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Methane-eating bacteria paves way for cost-effective production of methanol [Full subscriber]

Now, researchers at Northwestern University have discovered that the catalyst for the methane-methanol conversion induces this complex reaction at a site that contains just one copper ion.

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