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We work with leading companies and institutions to advance both bioenergy and crop technology.
Amyris Biotechnologies Inc. has evaluated Ceres' sweet sorghum hybrids in the United States for the production of renewable hydrocarbon diesel as well as substitutes for petrochemicals. The results will help determine feedstock parameters, logistical requirements and economics for the large-scale use of Amyris' technology in the U.S., Brazil and elsewhere.
In 2011, ADM do Brasil Ltda. evaluated the performance of our
As part of a project organized by the University of Tennessee, and funded in-part by a federal grant award, Dupont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol evaluated improved switchgrass varieties marketed by Ceres. DDCE utilizes a proprietary biochemical conversion process.
EdeniQ, a California-based technology company, conducted multi-year, field-to-fuel trials of Ceres energy grasses. Biomass from Ceres products were processed into biofuel at EdeniQ’s Visalia test facility, using its proprietary conversion technology.
Chemical company Gruppo M&G has tested our energy crops in their PROESA™ cellulosic biofuel conversion process. They and their affiliates have also conducted a number of on-farm evaluations in the U.S. and Europe under different growing conditions and management practices to better understand expected yields and supply economics.
Hawaii Bioenergy, in collaboration with Ceres, has evaluated a wide range of biomass and sweet sorghum varieties to identify those best suited to the Hawaiian environment. The goal is to produce both biofuels and renewable electricity for the grid.
ICM, Inc., a leader in the design, construction and support of ethanol plants, collaborated with Ceres in the areas of feedstock development and conversion, with the goal of developing an integrated process for converting energy grasses to liquid fuels, chemicals and bioenergy.
Mascoma and Ceres researchers have worked together to develop a low-cost, highly efficient bioprocessing system for the biomass conversion industry.
Since 2008, Ceres and Novozymes S.A., a global enzyme provider, have examined ways to co-develop customized plant varieties and enzyme cocktails for the bioenergy industry. Researchers expect that the combination of genetic, environmental, composition and conversion data they assembled will lead to greater fuel yields, as well as lower capital and operating costs for biorefineries. Our research collaboration includes both sweet sorghum and switchgrass. More >>
In Brazil, Boa Vista / Nova Fronteira, a joint venture of Grupo São Martinho S.A. and Petrobras Biofuels, planted, harvested and processed multiple commercial-scale plantings of our sweet sorghum products and
produced both ethanol and power using the existing agricultural equipment and processing infrastructure.
ThermoChem Recovery International (TRI) has thermochemically converted multiple-ton quantities of Ceres' energy grasses produced in North America. The companies are also identifying the best seed varieties for the region and TRI conversion process. The project was funded by the Biofuels Center of North Carolina.
UOP LLC has tested high-biomass sorghum and switchgrass, among other feedstocks, in Kapolei, Hawaii. More >>
In Brazil, biofuel and sugar producer Usina Rio Pardo S.A. has produced both ethanol and electricity from sweet sorghum as part of a commercial-scale evaluation project with Ceres.
We have collaborated with Valero Services, Inc. to evaluate feedstock supply strategies with dedicated energy crops.
In 2010, Alliant Energy established multi-year field tests of Ceres’ commercial switchgrass and high-biomass sorghum hybrids in southwest Wisconsin. Alliant has used the trials and test burns to evaluate supply chain capabilities as well as material delivery and handling costs within its current system. A local conservation and economic development non-profit is managing the field trials for Alliant.
AGCO has planted a number trials of Ceres' high-biomass sorghum to evaluate feedstock supply chain logistics. The work, which is partially funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, will also help guide the development of improved harvest and planting equipment as well as agronomy practices optimized for bioenergy production.
CNH, a leading global manufacturer of agricultural equipment, and Ceres have evaluated the impact of different cropping practices on the harvest, collection and conversion characteristics of sweet sorghum as a bioenergy crop.
Ceres and the U.K.-based Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University are working together to speed development of seed-propagated Miscanthus varieties adapted to different climates and growing conditions. Under the collaboration, Ceres has contributed its expertise in genomics-based technologies and plant breeding to a miscanthus breeding program at IBERS. Ceres has commercialization rights to the improved plants developed within the collaboration.
Ceres has a long-term agreement with the Noble Foundation for the development and commercialization of energy crops. This relationship provides us exclusive access to extensive breeding infrastructure and an exclusive license to elite switchgrass breeding lines and advanced cultivars. Initial projects under the collaboration agreement will expand the conventional and molecular breeding program at the Noble Foundation with our markers and other genomics technologies.
In 2007, Ceres signed an exclusive, multi-year joint research and commercialization agreement with Texas Agrilife Research (formerly Texas Agricultural Experiment Station) of The Texas A&M University System for high-biomass sorghum. As part of this agreement, Ceres obtains exclusive commercialization rights to Agrilife's high-biomass sorghum hybrids developed in the joint research program.
In 2004, we began a multi-year collaboration with the Institute of Crop Sciences (ICS) of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, which provides us with a cost-effective, high-throughput system to advance our trait pipeline in rice, a monocot that predicts trait function in many energy and food crops.
In 2002, Ceres entered into a multi-year product discovery and development collaboration with Monsanto focused on applying genomics technologies to identify genes that provide improvements in certain row crops. Under the agreement, Monsanto acquired rights to Ceres technologies in certain row crops and applications in exchange for license payments over several years. Monsanto also funded a jointly implemented research program with Ceres.
Since 2008, we have licensed our proprietary genome-viewer software, Persephone™, to Syngenta Biotechnology Inc. Persephone serves as a powerful tool for efficiently locating, mapping and integrating genetic and trait information in plants. Under the agreement, our bioinformatics experts and software developers have also collaborated with Syngenta scientists to enhance the capabilities of the application.
In collaboration with leading institutions and companies, Ceres is studying new ways to improve energy crops. See our current and recent projects >>