Monsanto and Perten Instruments collaborate to develop tools for ethanol production

Monsanto and Perten Instruments today announced a collaboration to develop advanced process analytical tools to help ethanol plants gain efficiency in their ethanol production process. The collaboration will focus on the development and application of technology to monitor the operating conditions and improve the efficiency of ethanol production.

One area of focus will be to optimize ethanol yields based on incoming feedstock quality, such as Processor Preferred® High Fermentable Corn hybrids. The collaboration will also explore technologies to determine and improve the quality of ethanol co-products such as dry distillers grains (DDGS).

“Monsanto is a company that is focused on helping our customers increase the productivity of their farming operation,” said Pradip Das, Monsanto Crop Analytics lead. “Partnering with a company like Perten will help us better measure and utilize that productivity in new and exciting ways. This collaboration offers an opportunity to help improve the efficiency of the ethanol production process through advanced analytics, which also benefits farmers as they work to meet growing demand for food, feed, and fuel.”

The collaboration will work to develop rapid analysis methods using Perten Instruments’ near infrared technology for process monitoring at over a dozen processing points in each ethanol production facility.

“The core competencies present in Monsanto Company are extremely synergistic with our vision of future development of rapid analysis solutions for the agricultural industry,” said Sven Holmlund, CEO of Perten Instruments. “Having input from a company with industry experience and expertise such as Monsanto gives us a unique ability to tailor future developments of near infrared and other analytical equipment to meet the needs of this customer base.”

The Perten Instruments Group, represented in over 100 countries, provides tools for quality control and process monitoring. These tools include cutting edge Diode Array based technology, near-infrared analyzers, high frequency moisture analyzers, Rapid Visco Analyzers, laboratory mills, single kernel analyzers, Falling Number systems, and instruments that characterize gluten and starch quality for the grain, flour, food and feed industries. For more information, please visit:

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. For more information, please visit:

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