International Sugar Journal

Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks partner to develop N-fixing in non-leguminous crops [Registered]

The chemical giant Bayer and the biotech start-up Ginkgo Bioworks are partnering to form a new company focused on the plant microbiome paving way for sustainable agriculture.

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Converting lignin into plastics in one-step process [Registered]

Untangling the complex chains of lignin polymers into components, which can be useful plastics, has presented an ongoing challenge to science and industry. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have devised a new method to process lignin into useful components.

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Leather, biofabricated from engineered yeast [Full subscriber]

After five years of R&D, the biotech start-up Modern Meadow has launched biofabricated leather brand Zoa™. Unveiled at a pop-up exhibit in SoHo New York, Zoa is the first generation materials destined to generate a broader conversation about the design and manufacturing possibilities available with biofabrication.

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Plasma catalysis process facilitates conversion of CO2 and CH4 into fuels and chemicals [Registered]

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals.

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Bio-on to build PHAs Biopolymers plant in Italy [Registered]

The biotech start-up Bio-on recently announced the start of the construction of a new plant in Italy that will produce special PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates) biopolymers, 100% natural and biodegradable, for advanced and fast-growing niche markets, particularly the cosmetics sector.

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Novel process to extract sugars from lignocellulosic feedstocks [Registered]

Researchers from the University of Delaware (UD) have developed a new process to extract sugars from lignocellulosic feedstocks which they claim is an upgrade on the current technologies used in the sector.

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Cyborg bacteria effective in producing useful chemicals from sunlight [Registered]

Researchers at the University of California Berkeley may have introduced a new era in artificial photosynthesis. They’ve devised a way to cover bacteria with cadmium sulphide semiconductor nanocrystals to breakdown CO2 into acetic acid, a potential feedstock for biosynthesis of fuels and plastics.

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Blending lignin with carbon fibre produces a cost-effective material with strength intact [Registered]

Researchers at Washington State University have found that blending lignin into carbon fibre could lower the cost of the high-tech material without sacrificing its strength.

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S2G BioChem to build a plant producing xylitol from lignocellulosic feedstock [Registered]

The biotech start-up S2G BioChem is planning to build a new demonstration plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada that will produce xylitol from lignocellulosic feedstock, in particular, the locally available residues from pulp and paper plants

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Genomatica introduces biobased 1,3-butylene glycol production technology [Registered]

The biotech start-up Genomatica recently announced its latest innovation, the GENO BG process for the production of biobased 1,3-butylene glycol.

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