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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 63, June 2017

Category: feedstocks
Published: 15/06/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.

Foreword

It is impossible to avoid the land use debate wherever feedstocks are concerned: are we sacrificing valuable food crop land in order to grow crops for energy or biomass? Can the available land be successfully managed to find a happy medium between the two? Does the short-term problem of food scarcity outweigh the long-term problem of climate change? If there was a right answer to this debate then there wouldn’t be a debate in the first place. Last month we reported on a study that demonstrated that only 0.6% of America’s prime food crop land need be utilised for biomass, and America’s entire biomass needs could still be met. This would, of course, require...

Other News this Month Includes:

Policy

  • Federal funding for US wood projects
  • US Algae Biomass seek support in campaign to reverse cuts
  • Brazil's sugarcane shows food-based biofuels not necessarily bad - FAO official
  • UFOP dubs rapeseed "The Power Plant"
  • WRAP publishes report on organic waste recycling in the UK​

Markets

  • Record global wheat stocks expected in 2018

Research & Development

  • Improvements in lignin-derived carbon fibres
  • Biofuel algae genome sequenced
  • Camelina touted as crop solution for variable conditions
  • Inhibiting lignin production increases cellulose yield from rice fermentation
  • Polymer filler from egg shells
  • UK to research greenhouse gas removal possibilities​

Wood & Crop

  • UK pellet production up, provisional figures show
  • New palm oil strain increases yield with no increased land-use
  • Yield increases maintaining wheat production growth
  • Miscanthus may be good habitat for brown hares​

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