SGB and Embrapa formalize strategic partnership in research to develop jatropha in Brazil

JatrophaBiomassa & Bioenergia – GBS, Inc. (SG Biofuels) and Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) entered into a strategic research agreement to promote the development of jatropha as an alternative source of renewable energy in Brazil. Headquartered in San Diego, USA, GBS is an energy crop company that provides high-performance solutions for the markets of renewable energy, biomass and chemicals. It is a leader in its segment and offers the largest and most diverse library of genetic material of Jatropha in the world. The company has been working on this development for five years, combining platforms breeding and genomics.
“By aggregating our efforts for initiatives of an institution of the Brazilian Government that is a world leader in agricultural research have the potential to position Brazil as the country of choice for the development and implementation of Jatropha as an energy crop of the new generation” said Kirk Haney, president and CEO of SGB. “We look forward to working with Embrapa in the development of jatropha and rely on the benefits of his considerable experience and innovation in agriculture.”
Since its founding in 1973, Embrapa has generated almost nine thousand technologies, products and services for Brazilian agriculture, together with the institutions that make up the National Agricultural Research System. The work has opened new agricultural frontiers, raising productivity and reducing production costs in the field. With this, Brazil has improved food security, promoting conservation of natural resources and the environment and generating income in rural areas.
Embrapa, through its unit dedicated to the theme Agroenergia, located in Brasilia (DF), leads a network of more than 20 Brazilian research institutions and maintains the largest active germplasm bank of the country oleagionosa Scientists are developing studies ranging from the genetics of species cataloged to biofuel production and use of co-products and waste. Advances have been made in the understanding of plant spacing, pruning system, seed production, intercropped with other crops and control pests and diseases. In the process, the researchers are already getting results of the work for making biodiesel from oil and detoxification of the pie.
“We have identified jatropha as a promising plant species for the production of oil to be used in the manufacture of biodiesel and aviation biofuel in Brazil,” said Manoel Souza, head of the Embrapa Agroenergy. “The first efforts to deploy Jatropha in the country were hampered by the lack of cultivars and production systems. Tried to advance the production scale when we had a technology package ready. We are confident that research in partnership with GBS will help us overcome these challenges more quickly. ”
The SGB has global operations in developing cultures, maintaining platforms breeding and genomics of plants, and trials in Guatemala, Brazil and India. He has produced hundreds of commercial hybrids of jatropha, which have demonstrated high performance in terms of health and vigor of the plant, the flowering consistency, stress tolerance, amount of seed and oil yield.
In Brazil, the company has deployed three JMax ™ Development Centers: essays professionally managed through experimental design and statistical analysis to evaluate their hybrids in a range of environmental and agronomic conditions. The Centers serve as classrooms outdoors where the SGB agronomists and technical teams conduct field visits and training sessions with clients and producers, developing agronomic studies and specific recommendations for the best performance of hybrid jatropha for commercial development. Hybrids of GBS have been developed for more than five years of research, from a library of diverse germplasm comprising more than 12,000 unique genotypes.
The SGB has recently established a project with Fiagril, a leading producer of biodiesel in Brazil with a production capacity of 203 million liters per year in Lucas do Rio Verde, in the state of Mato Grosso. In this project, are being evaluated hybrid jatropha and developed the best agronomic practices aimed at implementing large-scale plantations in the region.
Another JMax ™ Development Centre was established in Mato Grosso do Sul in 2011, in a multidisciplinary initiative that includes JETBIO, Airbus, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Bioventures Brazil, Air BP and TAM Airlines. The Centers complement other locations already established in Guatemala and India, as well as the corporate headquarters and R & D company in San Diego, California.

Source: Embrapa Agroenergy, 29th January, 2013
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