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