International Sugar Journal

Australia – PFS paves way for a biorefinery in Queensland producing sugars from cane waste [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up and Australia-based Leaf Resources announce on 20th May that completed the pre-feasibility study (PFS) on a second-generation commercial biorefinery in Queensland that will deploy the company’s proprietary process for conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks to industrial sugars which enable multitude downstream technologies to produce substitute petrochemicals. A bio-manufacturing hub is intended to be developed in a sugarcane producing region of Queensland after the PFS assessment of various locations.

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Anellotech to build commercial-scale plant to produce biobased BTX [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Anellotech says it has validated its Bio-TCat technology by achieving commercially-targeted yields of aromatic chemicals, such as benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX), in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas during six months of continuous process operations.

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Redesigning a bacterial enzyme aids production of rare sugar from table sugar [Registered]

Researchers from the Ghent University, Belgium have modified sucrose phosphorylase from Bifidobacterium adolescentis (BaSP) that can be used as a transglucosylase in the production of rare sugar nigerose from sucrose and glucose. This could provide a cheap and convenient route to make enough nigerose to explore potential applications in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

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Biofine secures US$750,000 from MTI to produce biobased levulinic acid [Registered]

The Maine Technology Institute has awarded US$750,000 to Biofine Developments Northeast to support the development of a commercial biorefinery in Bucksport, Maine, that will produce biobased chemicals from lignocellulosic feedstock.

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Biobased succinic producers priced out by cheaper, petrochemical-based producers [Registered]

The biosuccinic acid market has gone through a marked change over the past five years, from being the young, rising star of the biobased chemical building blocks industry into one having to confront competitively produced succinic acid from a petrochemical feedstock.

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Lygos secures 3 grants from US agencies to advance biochemicals production [Registered]

The US-based biotech start-up, Lygos, producer of specialty chemicals, recently announced three innovation research grants totalling US$750,000 of non-equity funding to support advanced research and development. These funds have been awarded through separate grants from the US Department of Energy, USDA and the National Science Foundation.

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Elevance Renewable Sciences and Stahl partner to bring biobased coatings to market [Registered]

The US-based start-up Elevance Renewable Science has signed a supply agreement with Stahl, a global leader in leather chemicals and high-performance coatings. The agreement enables Stahl to commercialize new coatings and polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) based on Elevance’s C18 polyol technology.

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E. coli bioengineered to produce super strong spider silk [Full subscriber]

Scientists at the Washington University in St. Louis have bioengineered E. coli found to produce super-strong spider dragline silk.

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Brewers yeast engineered to produce cannabinoids THC and CBD [Full subscriber]

University of California, Berkeley, synthetic biologists have engineered brewer’s yeast to produce marijuana’s main ingredients–mind-altering THC and non-psychoactive CBD.

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Clariant launches first biobased version of Pigment Red 254 [Full subscriber]

Clariant has launched the first bio-based version of iconic Pigment Red 254—the automotive’s industry most widely-used red pigment for exterior coatings.

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