FSANZ seeks comments on biotech processing aid application | EPA on track to release 2020-21 biofuel mandate proposal by Nov. | Ethanol leaders thank Trump for allowing year-round E15 sales
June 12, 2019
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Renewable Chemicals
Researcher develops cactus juice-derived bioplastic
Sandra Pascoe Ortiz, a researcher at the University of the Valley of Atemajac in Mexico, has created a non-toxic, biodegradable plastic made from cactus juice and other renewable ingredients. "All the materials we use can be ingested both by humans or animals. And they wouldn't cause any harm," said Ortiz.
Futurism (6/11),  BBC (6/4) 
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FSANZ seeks comments on biotech processing aid application
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is seeking comments on DuPont Industrial Bioscience's application for the use of enzyme pullulanase, derived from a biotech strain of Bacillus licheniformis, in brewing and production of starch.
Food Processing (6/7) 
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Advanced Biofuels
EPA on track to release 2020-21 biofuel mandate proposal by Nov.
A final version of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal for the 2020-2021 biofuel mandate will be released on Nov. 30, said EPA spokesman Ken Labbe. The 2020 biodiesel requirement is set at 2.43 billion gallons, up from 2.1 billion gallons this year.
S&P Global Platts (free registration) (6/10) 
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Ethanol leaders thank Trump for allowing year-round E15 sales
Ethanol leaders met with President Donald Trump in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Tuesday to thank him for allowing year-round sales of E15 gasoline and express concern that the Environmental Protection Agency continues to grant small refinery exemptions. The expansion of E15 could help control the country's imported oil dependence by as much as 250 million barrels/year and "it means more energy, and what can be wrong with that? And it's very good energy," President Donald Trump said.
S&P Global Platts (free registration) (6/11),  DTN/The Progressive Farmer (6/10) 
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AirBP, Neste to partner of SAJF refueling at Swedavia airports
Neste and AirBP have partnered to provide a sustainable alternative jet fuel refueling option to a number of airports operated by Swedavia. Neste produced the aviation fuel, which comes from renewable waste and residues, while AirBP handles the supply.
Renewable Energy Magazine (6/5) 
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United's "Flight for the Planet" took off Wednesday
United Airlines on Wednesday offered a look into the future of environmentally friendly air travel to passengers on a regularly scheduled flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport that was powered in part with biofuel and featured waste-free cabin service using plastic-free utensils made with compostable and recyclable products, including bamboo. BIO CEO and president Jim Greenwood said in a statement, "United's Flight for the Planet is a perfect example of how industrial biotechnology is reducing society's carbon footprint and paving the way for sustainable travel."
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Chicago (6/4),  Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (6/5),  Biomass Magazine online (6/6) 
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UK rolls out greener fuel campaign
The UK government launched a new campaign that puts biofuel content labels on filling stations, such as B7 for 7% biodiesel and E5 for gasoline that contains 5% renewable ethanol.
FleetNews.co.uk (U.K.) (6/7) 
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Synthetic Biology and CRISPR
Scientists help growers tackle citrus greening spread
Scientists are working on long-term solutions to address huanglongbing (HLB), a disease also known as citrus greening that has already spread in Florida, Brazil and China, as growers take measures to protect uninfected citrus trees from getting infected. University of Florida's Nian Wang intends to develop trees that can protect itself from the HLB infection-causing microbe CandidatusLiberibacter asiaticus by mutating at least one of the trees' HLB-susceptibility genes using the CRISPR gene-editing tool.
Chemical & Engineering News (tiered subscription model) (6/9) 
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Dedicated Feedstocks
Pumps fueled by cotton seed biofuel boost crops for Kenyan farmers
Kenyan farmers are keeping their businesses alive in the midst of drought by using water pumps that use cotton seed-based biodiesel as fuel. Zaynagro Industries, based in Kitui, Kenya, has been providing the irrigation systems since 2015 through installment payment plans and has accepted investments from more than 1,200 farmers.
Reuters (6/5) 
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