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Diversa Focuses Alliance With Syngenta on Biofuels

10:11 AM MDT | July 23, 2007 | Michelle Bryner

Diversa says it has entered into a 10-year R&D agreement with Syngenta to develop enzymes to convert bagasse, a cellulosic biomass, into mixed sugars—a key step in the production of bioethanol. The new alliance replaces a previous seven-year collaboration between the two companies that started in February 2003 (CW, Dec. 11, 2002, p. 13). Diversa is also looking into investing in bioethanol production outside of the Syngenta deal, the company says. The previous collaboration was broader and covered a multitude of fields. In contrast, the new alliance is...

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