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Syngenta, Ceres to develop sweet sorghum for ethanol production in Brazil

CTBR Staff Writer Published 27 November 2012

Agricultural biotechnology company Ceres Sementes do Brasil has entered into an agreement with US-based Syngenta for the market development of sweet sorghum in Brazil.

This collaboration will support the introduction of sweet sorghum as a source of fermentable sugars at about 400 ethanol mills across the nation.

Under this agreement Syngenta will provide considerable agronomy resources to evaluate its portfolio of crop protection products together with Ceres hybrids while Ceres will provide both seed and research support.

Syngenta Sugarcane global head Daniel Bachner said that sweet sorghum will enable the efficient utilization of land and water resources.

Ceres Operations vice president Michael Stephenson added, "By working together with Syngenta, we believe we can advance the development of sweet sorghum crop management practices and provide a more complete package of advanced hybrids and leading crop protection products to our mutual customers."

Sweet sorghum can be grown on fallow sugarcane land and processed using the same equipment and can be employed for ethanol production season in 60 days.