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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 73, April 2018

Category: feedstocks
Published: 25/04/2018
Author: NNFCC
FREE THIS MONTH - Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


We begin with a genetic discovery. Scientists at the US Cold Spring Laboratory have made a discovery relating to the genetic framework behind flower growth in Sorghum. By suppressing one plant hormone, scientists have been able to treble seed production by the modified plants. In wild-type sorghum plants, not all of the flowers are fertile, but with this genetic modification, all of the flowers become fertile, producing seeds. Not only will this discovery be a breakthrough for sorghum yields, and the livestock feed and biofuels sector that utilises grain sorghum as a feedstock, but it is also postulated that similar modifications may be successfully implemented in other grain crops. Shortage of food, fuel, and raw materials is one of the biggest challenges that the world is going to have to face in the future, and developments like this, that increase crop yields without compromising on land usage, are going to be key to overcoming this challenge, particularly in.........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Improving London's recycling


  • US metal tariffs could shake global grains market
  • Increased imports reducing EU rapeseed production
  • Biofuels as solution to European plant protein shortage​

Research & Development

  • Latest call for Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking proposals
  • Attis develops scalable lignin process
  • Photocatalysis shows promise for biomass conversion
  • Switch to biomass creates need for port space
  • Interest in Ramie piqued in India
  • Report into bioeconomies of European countries​

Wood & Crop

  • GM sorghum shows tripling in number of grains
  • Investigating the potential of "black" pellets
  • How to deal with pellet silo fires
  • Teesside set for "Subcoal" plant
  • Fire at Enviva facility
  • Stobart could deliver 2million tons of biomass per year
  • Particle board facility converts to pellet production
  • UPM receives Brassica sustainability certificate​

Other Feedstocks

  • Plastic pyrolysis developing in Scotland


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