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Alagoas, Brazil

Bioflex 1

Rua São Sebastião, 08, Bairro de Fátima, São Miguel dos Campos, AL, CEP 57240-000

Breading Station

Fazenda Andorinha, Rod. AL 220 s/n, KM 6,5, São Miguel dos Campos, Zona Rural, AL, CEP 57180-000

Agricultural Facility

Av. João Floriano Bonfim, 300, Loteamento Rui Palmeira, São Miguel dos Campos, AL, CEP 57240-000

São Paulo, Brazil

Research center

Av. Pierre Simon de Laplace, 965, Techno Park, Campinas, SP, CEP 13069-320


Av. Brig. Faria Lima, 2277, 15º andar, Conjunto 1503, Jd. Paulistano, São Paulo, SP, CEP 01452-000

California, USA

Office USA

303 Twin Dolphin Drive, 6th floor, Redwood City, California. 94065.



+55 11 2739.0500

Breading Station

+55 82 3211.0152

Agricultural Facility

+55 82 3211.0130

Research center

+55 19 3322.8100

Bioflex I

+55 82 3211.0058

Energy cane

To develop Cana-Vertix®, GranBio’s energy cane, our scientists sought seeds  in Brazilian and global germplasm banks.   The first commercial sowing of the new variety is slated for 2015.

Energy cane was developed by genetically crossing commercial hybrids with ancestral types of sugarcane.  The result is a cane that is more robust, with higher fiber content and productive potential, ideal for making second-generation biofuels and biochemicals.

One of its biggest advantages is that it can be planted in degraded pastureland – thus not competing with foods – and harvested at any time of year.  And the potential is enormous: Brazil has 32 million hectares of degraded pastureland that can be used for energy cane, more than all of Europe’s arable land.

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Its rusticity also affords other gains: the plant needs less water and other inputs to grow.  All this, together with high productivity, currently make energy cane one of the most competitive raw materials.

GranBio chose Alagoas for developing CanaVertix® because the region has an ideal microclimate for hybridization and selection of varieties.  Accordingly, since May of 2013 it has maintained a 60-hectare Experimental Station in the municipality of Barra de São Miguel, which focuses on developing energy cane, but also studies other sources of biomass for future industrial units.

The Instituto Agronômico de Campinas (IAC) and the Rede Interuniversitária para o Desenvolvimento do Setor Sucroenergético (Ridesa) are partners in the project.