Biotech in the Blogosphere

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This week in the blogosphere biotech is all about being green and saving the planet. Cleantech writes about Plankton Power plans for biofuels facility on Cape Cod. Cleantech writes,

“Plankton Power and Woods Hole, Mass.-based virtual incubator Regional Technology Development of Cape Cod said today they have established a public-private consortium to build a new facility to produce renewable biofuels from algae.”

But Plankton Power and the Regional Technology Development of Cape Cod aren’t the only players this week. The Green Car Congress reports that,

“CTC—Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira, the largest and leading sugarcane research center in Brazil—and BASF entered a plant biotechnology cooperation agreement with the goal of bringing sugarcane varieties that are drought-tolerant and with yield increases of 25% to the market within about the next decade. This would result in an almost unprecedented jump in productivity for any crop. This type of yield increase would mean that the average quantity of sugarcane harvested could rise from 80 to 100 tons per hectare, said Marc Ehrhardt, Group Vice President, BASF Plant Science. The yield increase that the partners are targeting will create significant additional value that will be shared among sugarcane, ethanol and energy producers, as well as CTC and BASF. The agreement also provides the possibility for both companies to evaluate the development of sugarcane varieties with herbicide-tolerant characteristics in the future.”

And all the out in Colorado, according to Blisstree.com,

“Boulder County Food and Agricultural Policy Council voted on July 30 to recommend against allowing the Roundup Ready beets to be planted. A policy commission will make a final decision on August 25.”

One of the farmers commented to Blisstree.com,

“I do farm and I don’t raise sugar beets,” (Matt) Pierce said. “And I don’t know what to say except to say it – I don’t believe that everybody has the right to take the tool away from the farmers. It’s hard enough to make a living at this.” I’m 27 and I’m trying to farm, and I don’t know, I don’t think it’s going to work,” he said. “I think that people need to get educated as far as farming and how it works.”

And in the world of preservation of endangered species, or species that are extinct, there’s some talk on blogs about an extinct ibex being born through cloning. According to the Daily Global,

“Using DNA taken from skin samples, “the scientists were able to replace the genetic material in eggs from domestic goats, to clone a female Pyrenean ibex, or bucardo as they are known. It is the first time an extinct animal has been cloned.”

And in the world of politics, Politico says that the climate bill may fall by the wayside,

“A handful of key senators on climate change are almost guaranteed to be tied up well into the fall on health care. Democrats from the Midwest and the South are resistant to a cap-and-trade proposal. And few if any Republicans are jumping in to help push a global warming and energy initiative. As a result, many Democrats fear the lack of political will and the congressional calendar will conspire to punt climate change into next year.”

And that’s this week for biotech in the blogosphere.