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Chromatin licenses sorghum germplasm from Advanta- to enter Cleantech space

Advanta is an India based global seed company that combines the benefits of agricultural biotechnology with the proprietary crop genetics and excellent breeding capabilities of the company to offer world class high quality seed products and solutions to the farmers in different parts of the world.  It markets a broad range grain and forage sorghum products throughout the Indian sub continent, Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

Advanta US has hybrid grain and forage sorghum research, production, conditioning and sales operations from a base in Hereford, Texas.

According to the company,Sorghum is a genus comprising numerous grass species with diversified uses, from grain to forage and syrup production.  Therefore, sorghum is extremely versatile in offering multiple pathways to ethanol.

According to an announcement from the company, Advanta US and Chromatin, Inc. have entered into a commercial license agreement for the development of sorghum.

Under the agreement, Chromatin will have a non-exclusive, royalty-bearing license to access sorghum germplasm from Advanta. “Having the ability to access and conduct research on quality sorghum germplasm, such as that from Advanta, is an important step in our path to advance sorghum’s unique ability to provide a sustainable source of sugar, starch and lignocellulose,” says Daphne Preuss, Chromatin’s CEO.

Sorghum, is a high-yield, drought-resistant crop, and can be grown on 80 percent of the world’s agricultural lands. This flexibility makes it possible to expand sorghum production onto marginal land and to direct its biomass to a range of bioprocesses, including transportation fuels, biochemicals, renewable materials and clean power.

Advanta’s agreement with Chromatin allows it to expand existing markets and broaden the development of its germplasm into new global markets that Chromatin is entering in the “clean-tech” space.

“Advanta is committed to working with its partners to provide the next generation of improved crops,” says Steve Ligon, Advanta US business manager. “Chromatin’s focus on bringing advanced technology to sorghum, and its ability to access new market opportunities, increases the sales and distribution of Advanta’s proprietary genetics.”

Just a week ago, Abellon CleanEnergy announced plans to cultivate 10,000 Ha of marginal land in Ghana with energy crops like bamboo, palmarosa and sweet sorghum to create a  bio-fuel manufacturing plant.

Organizations like the  Indian Institute of Chemical Technology together with the International Crop Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics is working on bioethanol from sorghum. The cereal is used for consumption while the rest of the plant is used for bioethanol. IICT is dealing with fermentation part of bioethanol.

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