Energenetics Energies and ARS to Continue Development of Heart Friendly Corn

Biofuels firm produces food and biofuels simultaneously from new USDA Agricultural Research Service corn hybrid -- Firm believes it will eliminate food versus fuel debate
April 18, 2011 - PRLog -- Keokuk, Iowa -- April 18, 2010 - Senior researchers from EnerGenetics Energies (EGE) announced today that they have reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service to continue the development of the ARS’s new Heart Friendly Corn.  This new corn hybrid was developed by traditional breeding methods using Corn Belt varieties and Tripsacum (a native grass related to corn).  This new hybrid of corn contains increased quantities of nutritionally desirable proteins, resistant starch, and oils.  EGE plans to use this corn as a key feedstock to make healthy foods, a variety of green energy products, including biobutanol-based biofuels, and biodegradable bioplastics in their new Mini-BioRefineries (MBRs).

Heart Friendly Corn is an ideal feedstock for EGE’s unique processes that extract nutritious food products from grains and biomass before producing the Next Generation BioFuels – Biobutanol from the same grain.  Sammy Pierce, CEO of EnerGenetics, believes that Heart Friendly Corn and EGE’s “no cooking” processes are an ideal match: “We process our grains to produce foods first, then use what’s left over to make our biofuels.  This separates us from our competition that “cooks away” the food value in the grains while producing biofuels, wasting the grain’s nutritional potential.  In a world hungry for food on the table and fuel in the tank, we need to get the most out of our grains.  We need to stop the competition between our service stations and our supermarkets for the same grains that has caused food prices to soar worldwide.  There is no better source of food and fuel in one package than Heart Friendly Corn.”

The joint effort between EGE, Iowa State University, and the ARS is a part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement that uses private/public partnerships to advance agricultural research and is
based on research initiated by Dr. Linda Pollak - Research Geneticist (retired) and Susan Duvick – Plant Biologist with ARS.  This project will continue as an extension of this agreement and will involve Dr. Paul Scott - Research Geneticist, Dr. Craig Abel - Research Leader, and Susan Duvick - Plant Biologist for the ARS; Mr. Pierce, Scott Hewitt -Executive Vice President, and Dale Beck - Agricultural Consultant for EnerGenetics; and Dr. Pamela White, Dean of ISU’s College of Human Sciences.  The group’s goal is to improve the already impressive traits of Heart Friendly Corn using EGE’s patented methods to extract and purify the higher food and nutraceutical traits for study by ISU.

EGE’s Scott Hewitt, a graduate of the ISU Food Sciences and Human Nutrition Department, touted the benefits of Heart Friendly Corn: “From this new corn we can get a new protein isolate that rivals milk and meat proteins in nutrition, a resistant starch that has one fourth the calories of regular starch making it an ideal ingredient for low-calorie foods, and high oleic oils that will lower “bad cholesterol”.  Heart Friendly Corn really meets our mission of feeding our people while fueling our cars”.

Sammy Pierce, who has been leading EGE for almost thirty years to find the best way to produce and perfect biofuels, believes this is an exciting time, “This corn along with our petroleum-free refining processes will help lead America into “The Carbohydrate Economy”. In this new economy, our agricultural industry and local communities will lead the way in producing sustainable foods and biofuels for the rest of the century through our MBR technologies”.

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About EnerGenetics Energies LLC - is one of the leading r&d biofuel firms in the country and has been working with a dozen major universities and the USDA to find an economically sustainable model of producing and using biobutanol as a biofuel directly in local communities through its Mini-BioRefineries (MBRs) model. MBRs will produce biobutanol, nutraceuticals, food products, bioplastics, and hydrogen based electrical power for use in local communitiesy to produce jobs and economic development. Biobutanol is a fermented biofuel produce from a wide range of grains and biomasses. Biobutanol can be blended in gasoline today just like ethanol. It contains more energy per gallon (providing better fuel economy), blends better, and can be blended into both gasoline and diesel fuel.

For more information contact:
Jacoblee – News Coordinator
Energenetics Energies LLC
PO Box 845
Keokuk, Iowa 52632
Email: contact@egembrs.com
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