Project Number: 0210-22310-004-89-M
Project Type: Memorandum of Understanding
Start Date: Aug 9, 2013
End Date: Aug 8, 2018
The objective of this Annex is to renew and continue cooperation under the Joint US-Sino Center for Biofuel Research under the leadership of the USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in conjunction with the Institute of New Energy Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Cooperation under this Annex may include, but is not limited to, the following topic areas: ' Characterize detoxification dynamics, metabolic profiles, and ethanol production potential of tolerant ethanologenic yeast accharomyces cerevisiae NRRL Y-50049,TSH-4 and other genetically engineered tolerant yeast strains during ethanol conversion using industrial processing by-products corncobs. ' Develop improved fermentation process and conditions for optimized performance of selected tolerant yeast for cost-efficient ethanol production using low cost biomass feedstocks including, but not limited, to sweet sorghum feedstocks. ' Develop enzymatic and microbiological biocatalytists for degradation of biomass and enhanced performance for a low cost biomass-to-ethanol conversion. ' Develop high-yield tolerant fermentative strains efficiently utilizing multiple sugars derived from divergent lignocellulosic biomass resources. ' Address existing and emerging challenging issues from genomics and genetic engineering to fermentation design, optimization, and pipeline process engineering contributing to a sustainable and cost-competitive biofuels production. ' Develop bioenergy crops, including improved germplasm and crop management technologies such as pest control. To generate broad interest and increased activities, the Parties will, upon mutual consent, involve other interested Government agencies and the scientific and business communities of both countries in cooperative programs, trade capacity-building activities, and scientific cooperation and exchanges in implementation of this Annex.