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Another Boost for Biofuels

By February 7, 2007

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In the biotech industry, it's clear that the biomedical/pharmaceutical companies get the most recognition and funding. I get the feeling most people tend to overlook environmental biotech research as legitimate science, unless, of course they are involved in it first hand. I’ve said before that biofuel research is a “pet” topic of mine. As an avid recycler and bike-to-work-wannabe I try my best to minimize waste in my home and do right by our planet. It seems that lately a lot more people are getting on the “green” bandwagon, and I’m not at all disappointed. In fact, it seems even President Bush and his administration might even be coming around to admit that we need to do something about the destructive effects of our self-indulgent society. That’s progress, even if it is just to satisfy the masses and get votes. And since many of the existing alternatives might require more work on our part, a little inconvenience, or higher financial outlay, we need leadership willing to walk the line and lay down some rules.

In light of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 4th Assessment Report and other recent releases presenting even more evidence that human activity is a main contributor to global warming, I’m hoping to see more activity in the environmental biotechnology sector. Increased need for solutions will drive increased funding and more jobs for research scientists in biotech. Of course this is only speculation, but I, for one, will be watching the industry with interest to see what innovative solutions we come up with in the coming years.

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February 21, 2007 at 2:57 pm
(1) Monique says:

Curious to know what you can offer as to the progress being made or options being explored by the industry in this area. An estimate on how many bt firms are working in this area? A country that seems to be specializing in it? Thanks for your information from someone studying the industry.

February 21, 2007 at 3:16 pm
(2) Dr Madhu Saxena says:

I absolutely agree with you. I am also an environmental biotechnologist. Sometimes back I had gone to attend an interview for a faculty position wherein the selection commitee members were all Molecular Biologists or phamaceutical biotechnologists who refused to appreciate the potential of environmental biotechnology. I was appalled at their ignorance. It is clear that due to their canvassing and dominance they procure projects funding in their area, as a result many important fields of biology/ biotechnology are getting ignored. If we start searching for useful microbes in soil only, in a big way, we can find solution to all human problems. There would be no need to develop genetically modified organisms or transgenic crops. Nature has provided us with biofuels as well as many green technologies which are yet to be explored.

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