- Written by Anna Strom
Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) under its 2014 call for proposals on Biological Production Systems.On the Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform, two substantial projects—on the genetic modification of spruce for the production of new bio-based products and on forest production systems based on tailor-made trees, respectively—were awarded funds this month by the
The SSF explained in its motivation that "one… of the forest tree breeding projects… is designed to modify spruce in a way that new bio-based products may be produced, all the while adapting the trees to future climate change and making them resistant to [decay brought about by] fungal growth. The second project involves modification of aspen trees [for them to be part of] a rapid-growth forest production system for the production of raw materials for 'green' chemicals and biofuels".
So much for surprises in the month of December. The previous month, Bio4Energy projects on ash deposits in the thermal conversion of biomass, sound-driven biotechnology and defect-free, selective zeolite catalysts, won awards from the Swedish Research Council in its annual Science and Technology round of funding, with individual grants totalling about SEK4 million to be distributed over a four-year period.
Bio4Energy wishes to congratulate all those involved in winning the awards described. To them and everyone else: