Research and development expense was $5.8 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $4.7 million in the comparable period in 2012. During the second quarter of 2013, Gevo's development efforts were focused on startup operations for the production of isobutanol at its Luverne facility as well as optimization of specific parts of its isobutanol production technology to further enhance isobutanol production rates. The increase in research and development expense in the second quarter of 2013, when compared to the comparable quarter in 2012, also included Gevo's investment in bio-para-xylene processing equipment at the Silsbee demonstration plant near Houston, Texas, and delivery of bio-jet fuel to the USAF. Funding used in the development of the bio-para-xylene facility was received from Toray Industries, Inc. under a definitive agreement previously announced in 2012. The bio-jet fuel delivered to the USAF in the second quarter of 2013 was produced at the Silsbee facility.Selling, general and administrative expense decreased to $6.3 million in the second quarter of 2013 from $9.5 million for the second quarter of 2012. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expense in the second quarter of 2013 reflected lower compensation expenses, including cost saving benefits resulting from actions taken during 2012 to focus Gevo's operations.
Gevo Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results
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