Ceres recently announced that it will commercialize its first seed varieties under the trade name Blade Energy Crops. Rath said that the company will begin booking seed orders this fall for the 2009 growing season. "We are getting calls from agricultural producers interested in putting 10 or 20 acres in the ground to gain a better understanding of these crops. Some are located near existing or planned biorefineries, while others are looking to attract biorefineries to their area," she said. Rath noted that grass crops appear to be well suited to both thermochemical conversion systems as well as biochemical processes that utilize enzymes in the production of biofuels.
Ceres, Inc. (http://www.ceres.net) is a leading developer of high-yielding energy crops that can be planted as feedstocks for cellulosic ethanol production and biopower. Its development efforts cover switchgrass, sorghum, miscanthus, energycane and short-rotation woody crops. The plant breeding and biotechnology company markets its seed products under its Blade Energy Crops brand. Ceres holds one of the world's largest proprietary collections of fully sequenced plant genes. The privately held firm also licenses its technology and traits to other organizations.
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Range Fuels, Inc. is focused on green energy and the production of
cellulosic ethanol using plant matter (or biomass) that cannot be used for
food, is sustainable, renewable and abundant. The company's innovative
technology converts renewable and sustainable biomass, such as wood chips,
paper pulp, olive pits, and more, to ethanol. The company's proprietary K2
system uses a two-step thermo-chemical conversion process. The first step
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|SOURCE Ceres, Inc.|
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