International Sugar Journal

Lygos and NanoChem Solutions partner to advance biobased aspartic acid production [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Lygos is partnering with the synthetic polyaspartates manufacturer NanoChem Solutions to develop a process to make biobased aspartic acid, from sugar via fermentation.

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Thailand -US$1.7 billion invested in Bio-Circular-Green economic activities during Jan-Sep 2020 [Registered]

In the first nine months of 2020, local and international companies applied to invest as much as US$1.7 billion in Thailand in more than 300 projects in the sectors listed as “BCG”, or Bio-Circular-Green economic activities focused on environmental protection and sustainability, according to the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI).

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Kombucha tea inspires production of new class of functional biomaterials [Full subscriber]

The field of engineered living materials (ELM) aims to create novel materials with properties similar to those of natural biomaterials using genetically engineered organisms. Inspired by Kombucha tea, a trendy fermented beverage, and with US army funding, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Imperial College London have developed a new way to generate tough, functional materials using a mixture of bacteria and yeast similar to the “kombucha mother” used to ferment tea.

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Netherlands – Crown van Gelder and Royal Cosun partner unveils paper made with beet  pulp fibres [Full subscriber]

The Netherlands-based papermaker Crown van Gelder will start selling packaging material comprising sugar beet pulp fibres this year.

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Bacterial strain turns sludge into polyhydroxybutyrate [Full subscriber]

Researchers from Texas A&M University have utilized a mangrove bacterial strain to create a low-cost, sustainable method for producing bioplastics from sewage sludge.

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Polymer produced from xylose sourced from lignocellulosic feedstock [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the University of Bath, UK, have developed a polymer using xylose sourced from lignocellulosic feedstock wood.

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Gene-editing Streptomyces formicae produces tenfold increase in antibiotic formicamycin [Full subscriber]

The formicamycins are promising antibiotics first identified in Streptomyces formicae KY5, which produces the compounds at low levels. Scientists at the John Innes Centre have leveraged gene-editing advances to achieve a tenfold increase in the production of super-bug targeting formicamycin antibiotics.

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France – AFYREN starts construction of its first biorefinery to produce biobased organic acids [Full subscriber]

The French biotech start-up Afyren has begun construction of its first industrial-scale biorefinery at the Chemesis industrial platform located in France’s Grand Est region.

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Dupont and Kemira partner to commercialize production of a range of biobased products [Full subscriber]

Global biotechnology giant DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences and Kemira, a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water-intensive industries announced today an exclusive partnership for the development and commercialization of DuPont’s enzymatic biomaterial platform technology. This collaboration will allow both partners to commercialize a range of new, biobased and biodegradable products in their respective core markets in the upcoming years.

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AkzoNobel collaboration supports sustainable coating solutions from lignocellulose [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the University of Groningen and the Dutch multinational company AkzoNobel have succeeded in developing a process to convert lignocellulosic feedstock into a high-quality coating which in performance terms is comparable to current petrochemical-derived industrial coatings.

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