Month: January 2015

International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) finds China No. 13 in global transgenic cultivation, mainly cotton and papaya

In Asia, China and India are still the main developing nations cultivating genetically modified crops. In 2014, cultivation of genetically modified crops were 3.9 million hectares. 2014 GM cotton adoption rate increased from 90% to 93%, while the anti-virus papaya acreage increased by about 50%. The production of food products from GM crops is hotly […]

China establishes “National Agricultural Technology Transfer Center”

The Center, located in Beijing, will include a National Agricultural technology Transfer trading platform”. The Center will organize and trade the country’s agricultural scientific and technological achievements. It will inform on and disseminate agricultural science and technology achievements and promote public information and trade.” China Bio news release, Jan. 29, 2015

Dongying, Shandong Province, opens first biomass pilot plant

The digester plant turns wheat and corn straw into 5 million m3 biogas per year and supplies nearby communities and CNG-based cars. Advanced biogas production technology from Germany allowed to overcome traditional shortcomings Engineering equipment design, modular standardized assembly, using intelligent control system, and reaction efficiency led to significantly increased gas production without odor and […]

Group at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry finds softer route to steroidal sapogenins

The team of Weisheng TIAN developed a process in the pilot scale which allows to oxidize sisal saponin to megestrol acetate using hydrogen peroxide instead of chrome oxide. China produces 4.000 t/a of saponins, about 90 % of the global production. The method was used to manufacture pregn-16-ene-20-one-3-ol acetate and other steroid drugs. Industrieller Partner […]

CAS Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology starts human tets on collagen complex to repair spinal cord injury

The clinical test will comprise 6 patients and is led by Jianwu DAI of this institute. The patients will be implanted mesenchymal stem cells and a collagen complex made up of collagen scaffold fibers, together with collagen binding brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Previous tests on rats and dogs showed positive results. If successful, 20 – […]

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