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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 77, August 2018

Category: feedstocks
Published: 10/08/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


We begin with a legal issue regarding genetically modified crops. Under European law, these crops are heavily regulated, including limitations on how they can be planted and sold. The law in question is a directive published in 2001, that restricts the intentional release into the environment of strains where whole genes have been inserted into the genome. This is an effort to prevent unintentional crossbreeding of these modified species with wild-type strains, which could introduce unwanted genetic material into the latter’s genome. There are, however, some genetic modification techniques that are exempt from this restriction: namely mutagenesis techniques, which expose plants to mutagens in order to instil changes to the genome without deliberately adding anything new. There has been controversy this month regarding.........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • European Court of Justice rules to regulate genome editing technologies
  • US approves sorghum as biofuel feedstock​


  • Fears for crops thanks to prolonged European drought
  • Harvest forecasts slashed in hot weather
  • US densified biomass production statistics​

Research & Development

  • "Feeding" algae with plant biomass
  • Azolla plant shows potential as biofuel feedstock
  • Post-Horizon2020 EU innovation programme
  • Sources and applications of technical lignin
  • Startup seeks field trial participants​

Wood & Crop

  • New "supercritical water" process to extract cellulose from biomass
  • Hot dry weather continues to disrupt global crops
  • Bioenergy Europe announces new woodchip certification
  • Renewed viability of Jatropha
  • Sustainability affects wood pulp sector
  • High exports lead to Kenyan sisal shortage
  • Bamboo for African biomass plant​

Other Feedstocks

  • Hot drinks packaging cleared for composting
  • Evaluating food waste as potential for Swedish biobased chemicals
  • Fiberight launches multi-faceted waste plant​


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