Month: February 2014

Jilin Fuel Ethanol LLC opens non-grain bioethanol plant, target is at several million tons of bioethanol production

Jilin Fuel Ethanol LLC is a joint venture of China Petroleum (55 %), Jilin Alcohol Industry (25 %) and the COFCO group (20 %) started in 2001. By the end of 2003, a 300.000 to fuel ethanol plant was started with a total investment of 2.09 billion Yuan. Meanwhile, proprietary technology has been developed for whole-corn pretreatment, transformation efficiency, vapor permeation technology and waste reuse. Today, production is 540.000 to and trends are towards the development of cellulose-based bioethanol China Bio news release, February 25, 2014

China’s soil remediation market is expected to grow to nearly 700 billion Yuan by 2020.

Jiangsu Province Enviromental Industry Technology Research Institute published a report indicating that the number of soil remediation sites in China will grow quickly from 42 in 2013 (2 billion Yuan) to 685 billion Yuan in 2020. A group of well-capitalized companies have already started to get involved in soil remediation industry. China Bio news release, February 24, 2014

CAS Beijing Institute of Genomics researchers suggest molecular mechanism of bacterial water-to-land expansion

Based on a comprehensive analyses based of a large variety of bacteria by integrating taxonomic, phylogenetic and metagenomic data it is suggested that a single-gene sweep, that is, the emergence of dnaE2 derived from an early duplication event of the primordial dnaE, followed by a series of niche-specific genomic adaptations, including GC content increase, intensive horizontal gene transfer and constant genome expansion, led to successful bacterial land colonization. Hao WU et al., ISME Journal 2014, doi: 10.1038/ismej.2013.247

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