A new milestone in sugarcane research

Led by Brazilian researchers, an international project has found sweet success in its efforts to assemble the most complete map of commercial sugarcane’s extensive genome. Their research offers genetic engineers a foundation to alter sugarcane for optimum production needs. Glaucia Mendes Souza, lead author [...]

Frozen food sales growth expected to continue

Frozen food sales have grown in four of the past five years and were up 2.6 percent in 2018 alone, according to a study by the American Frozen Foods Institute (AFFI). Frozen food is a $56.7 billion industry in the U.S. and a $220.0 [...]

ABCL Next showcased new & clean biotechnology

The biotechnology industry is budding with many world-changing concepts and ready-for-market products. Several California-based companies working in this space discussed their objectives and perspectives at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC Next), hosted by Biofuels Digest in San Francisco last week. Alan Shaw, CEO [...]

Plant protein expected to drive pea demand upwards

The versatile pea is an ingredient in meat alternatives, baked goods, pastas, milks, and more these days. Peas have been growing in popularity due to their protein and fiber content as well as other marketable qualities. The pea protein market alone will triple in [...]

Dispatches from the fight against citrus greening

APHIS expands quarantine areas: In August, USDA’s APHIS announced the expansion of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) quarantines in California, Texas, and Louisiana. On Sep. 18, APHIS announced a psyllid quarantine area in Nevada’s Clark County. The map below shows Asian citrus psyllid and [...]

Corn starch bioplastics could be useful in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading an effort to ban plastics in India. On Oct. 2, plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws, and other single-use plastic packaging will become banned in India, according to multiple sources. Modi’s goal is to ban single-use plastics [...]

Alternative meat revenue up 27 percent over two years

Annual alternative meat sales ending April 2019 totaled just over $800 million, a 27 percent increase over two years, per SPINS research as reported by Good Food Institute. This growth is likely due, in large part, to younger consumers. According to the latest U.S. [...]

New age: Greenhouse, urban, & vertical farming

Consumers are increasingly interested in food that is locally grown, traceable, healthful and fresh tasting, price competitive, conveniently available, and environmentally responsible. Urban greenhouses may be a source for food that meets most or all these demands. Greenhouse technology depends on a transparent structure, [...]