Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Friday, July 15, 2011

Trojan Corn, or 20 billion reasons to Think Outside the Tank

Biofuels Digest
Jim Lane July 14, 2011

A game-changing technology from Syngenta may drop billions to the biofuels industry’s bottom line

Earlier this year, Syngenta received the OK from the USDA to commercialize its alpha-amylase corn. The news generated a smattering of interest amongst the broader biofuels community, which has been more engaged in thinking about tax credits, the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard, and IPO heaven.

Another step-change in enzymes? Yawn. The industry has been so inundated with dramatic improvements in enzyme performance, that they generally rate as a highly reliable page-view killer for biofuels websites.

But Syngenta’s technology is worth a deeper look – for 20 billion reasons. That’s a back-of-the-envelope calculation of the addressable, equity creation impact of Syngenta’s newest and latest.

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