Bayer expands Brazil sugarcane research for ethanol

27 May 2010 15:57  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Bayer CropScience plans to expand its research into ethanol from surgarcane in Brazil through a cooperation agreement with that country’s centre for sugarcane technology (Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira, or CTC), the company said on Thursday.

The objective was to develop varieties with higher sugar content to increase the production efficiency of ethanol, the Germany-based company said.

New biotech varieties were expected to produce significantly higher amounts of sugar, with early research results indicating increases of about 30% to 40%, the company said.

"Sugarcane is the most productive crop for economically viable renewable energy with the best CO2 balance," said Joachim Schneider, head of the bio-science business unit at Bayer CropScience.

Bayer’s sugarcane ethanol research and development was focused in Brazil, where about 40% of global production occurred, it said.

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