Vegetable oils are a major global commodity. World production exceeds 150 million tons per annum and has risen by ~50% in just ten years. In the UK oilseed rape is our third largest crop after wheat and barley. Around 700,000 hectares are planted each year, producing seed with a value of more than £500M at the farm gate.
Leading scientists from the world of bioenergy gathered in Manchester earlier this month for the International Bioenergy Conference 2014. The conference was organised jointly by the UK Research Councils and the Technology Strategy Board.
Applications are now open for the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst supported by BBSRC, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The first IB Catalyst call will fund support for major integrated research and development projects involving collaborations…