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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 115, October 2021

Category: feedstocks
Published: 14/10/2021
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock and Biorefining sector.

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For 11,000 years, since the invention of agriculture, mankind has striven to improve plants for food use by selecting the tastiest, most resistant and most productive lines, and breeding them. Despite recent technological advances, selective breeding remains common practice and is now also being used to improve feedstocks destined for the production of biofuels, bioenergy and biobased products.

Undeveloped plants like hairy stork’s-bill have been identified as having the potential to become a pharmaceutical crop and to be grown on an industrial scale. Over the past decade, researchers have developed agricultural practices that can increase yield by 10-fold, however, they believe that selective breeding will be key to increase yields to a point where this could become an industrial crop. This hypothesis is supported by long-term experimentation...

Other News this Month Includes:


  • UK Government takes first steps to relax gene editing regulation


  • Neste acquires US waste oil interests
  • Danimer scientific receives grant from United Soybean Board
  • Global wood fibre markets

Research & Development

  • The battle for biomass: A systematic review of food-feed-fuel competition
  • The multifaceted environmental and bioeconomy potential of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.)
  • More...

Wood & Crop

  • FutureMetrics addresses forest carbon debt fallacy
  • Miscanthus research gets government funding to help the UK to meet net zero
  • More...

Other Feedstocks

  • DS Smith exploring how seaweed fibres can be used as a raw material in paper and packaging products
  • Biomethanol: possibilities towards a bio-based economy


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