29 February 2012 23:48 [Source: ICIS news]
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (ICIS)--Brazilian researchers and several biorefinery companies from the Rio Grande do Sul state are developing a form of rice that can be used to produce ethanol, state-owned Brazilian agricultural research firm Embrapa Clima Temperado said on Wednesday.
The rice has more starch, which goes through a hydrolysis process and is then fermented to make ethanol, a researcher said.
Tests are being conducted in Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil’s largest rice producer with 60% of the country’s total rice production.
Embrapa said the product should be ready to market during the 2013-2014 rice harvest.
Ariano de Guimares, a researcher at Embrapa Clima Temperado, said: “Currently, the state of Rio Grande do Sul produces more rice than it consumes, so we’re using this [extra] amount of rice to produce ethanol.”
De Guimares said one tonne of rice can produce 450 litres of ethanol.
“As researchers, we’re not competing with the sugarcane industry,” he said. “We just want to use the [extra] rice to produce ethanol.”
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