Genencor extends its cooperative research agreement with ARS/USDA for conversion of winter barley to ethanol

Frankfurt/Main, (PresseBox) - Genencor, a division of Danisco A/S, has signed a two-year extension of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the USDA's1 Agricultural Research Service, Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC). Under the agreement, Genencor and ERRC will continue to jointly develop an economically viable process for converting winter barley, a non-food crop, into ethanol.

"We have already made significant progress through our collaborative research with ERRC, including using enzymes to break down beta-glucans in barley to increase ethanol yield," says Glenn Nedwin, Executive Vice President for Technical Enzymes for Genencor. "In this next phase, we will tackle the remaining challenges to develop an efficient, cost-effective process and bring it to commercial scale."
Potential for the technology extends beyond the U.S. to other regions, such as Europe, where barley is used as a feedstock.

The project is part of Genencor's focus on current ethanol applications. Genencor will continue to provide scientific expertise and in-house resources to the ERRC collaboration, and will also contribute $100,000 to the project.

The researchers are using superior breeds of barley (with high starch content), which were developed by ERRC and Virginia Tech, making them excellent for ethanol production.

Some of the top scientists in the field are working on the project. Genencor's barley project team is led by senior researcher Dr. Jay Shetty. Genencor has a 25-year history in biofuels technology.

ERRC has a team of approximately 200 Chemists and Engineers at its center in Wyndmoor, PA. ERRC's Crop Conversion Science & Engineering Research Unit, headed by Dr. Kevin Hicks, has approximately 30 researchers who have been conducting research on biofuels for over 15 years.

About Genencor

Genencor, a division of Danisco A/S, is a world leader in industrial biotechnology and a pioneer in enzyme innovation. Genencor improves process and product performance for a spectrum of industries, from biofuels and laundry detergents to animal nutrition and food. As part of a large global organization, Genencor's manufacturing and distribution network spans more than 40 countries. In collaboration with customers, technology leaders and other stakeholders, Genencor supplies competitive, biobased solutions. These innovations create value throughout the supply chain, from raw material to finished product.

1 United States Department of Agriculture

Danisco Deutschland GmbH

With a rich and innovative portfolio, Danisco is a world leader in food ingredients, enzymes and bio-based solutions. Using nature's own materials, science and the knowledge of our 9,500 people, we design and deliver bio-based ingredients that meet market demand for healthier and safer products. Danisco's ingredients are used globally in a wide range of industries - from bakery, dairy and beverages to animal feed, laundry detergents and bioethanol - offering functional, economic and environmental benefits. Headquartered in Denmark and operating from more than 120 locations, Danisco's key focus is to become our customers' First choice and a truly market-driven global business. In addition, we have one of the most efficient sugar production platforms in Europe. Find out more at

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