Industry News

First Breeding of Sugar Cane Using CRISPR/Cas9

Sugarcane is one of the most productive plants on Earth, providing 80 percent of the sugar and 30 percent of the bioethanol produced worldwide. Its size and efficient use of water and light give it tremendous potential for the production of renewable value-added bioproducts and biofuels. But the...

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Indian subsidies cost Queensland sugar industry $1 billion

Indian Government price and export subsidies have cost the Queensland sugar industry an estimated $1 billion. The subsidies, which are currently under investigation by the World Trade Organisation, have contributed to substantially lower global sugar prices, according to a new report by Green Pool...

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First 2021 sugar shipment

QSL has dispatched its first shipment of sugar from the current harvest. The cargo of 42,000 tonnes of raw sugar from the Burdekin region was shipped on the Pacific Integrity out of Townsville earlier this month, bound for a refinery customer in South Korea. QSL General Manager Marketing...

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Student engineers sweetening the deal on clean energy

Chemical engineering students from the University of Queensland (UQ) have helped investigate how sugarcane could be used as a clean energy source to create hydrogen. Professor Damien Batstone of UQ’s Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information  Technology, said bagasse, or sugarcane...

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Energycane produces more biodiesel than soybean at a lower cost

Bioenergy from crops is a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. New crops such as energycane can produce several times more fuel per acre than soybeans. Yet, challenges remain in processing the crops to extract fuel efficiently. Four new studies from the University of Illinois explore...

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Wilmar loco driver injured in shunting incident

A Wilmar sugar employee has been airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital following a shunting incident that occurred near Camila over the weekend. The incident involving the Plane Creek locomotive driver occurred around 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon at West Hill siding, near...

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Crushing season has commenced throughout Wilmar milling regions

Wilmar have announced that the 2021 season is well underway across all four of their milling regions with growers feeling optimistic about buoyant cane prices. Wilmar Sugar, Australia's largest raw sugar manufacturer, operates a total of eight mills throughout the Burdekin, Sarina, Proserpine and...

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$1 Million Injection for Mossman Food Facility

CocoNutZ , a patented agricultural bio-manufacturing platform which seeks to diversify FNQ agriculture through producing a range of condiments using local sugar cane, has received a significant shot in the arm thanks to a Federal Government grant.The Morrison Government is providing Mossman-based...

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Drones add to fall armyworm defence

High-tech drones are being used to survey maize crops in the State's north for the new invasive pest, fall armyworm, to improve monitoring and provide an early warning detection tool for growers. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has joined with the Ord River...

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Wilmar Sugar opens new store building at Proserpine mill

Mark Borellini, Breanna Pirlo, Chad Watson, and Steve Mackenzie, officially opening Proserpine Mills new store on June 17. Wilmar Sugar has announced the opening of a new store building at its Proserpine Mill in the wake of the fire that tore through the old store and offices in 2020. Officially...

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