Approximately US$ 50 million will be allotted for research and projects focused on advancing the obtention of ethanol from sugarcane in Sao Paulo, Brazil, thanks to a joint venture between the State of Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and Dedini S/A Industrias de Base. Developing greater efficiency in the industrial processes of the production of alcohol fuel, hydrolysis and the removal of lignin will be among the research and project themes.

"The rise of world interest in biofuels has provoked an intensification in technological advances based on scientific advances. Recognizing this challenge, FAPESP and Dedini have joined forces to stimulate and co-finance research projects that will advance knowledge and contribute to Dedini's competitivity." -- Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, FAPESP, scientific director