At Technology Review, Kevin Bullis blogs about the news that synthetic bio company Amyris established partnerships to help it develop biofuels from sugarcane grown in Brazil rather than from corn, which has reached record-high prices. "The move to Brazil could be a good thing for the environment, because sugarcane requires less energy to process than corn, resulting in less carbon dioxide emissions," Bullis writes.

 

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