International Sugar Journal

BP partners with Virent and Johnson Matthey to commercialize production of bio-paraxylene [Registered]

The multinational oil and gas company BP is partnering with the biotech start-up Virent and specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey (JM) to advance the commercialization of Virent’s Bioforming® process for the production of bio-paraxylene (PX), a key raw material for the production of renewable polyester.

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Accelerated electrons dislodge cellulosic sugars from lignocellulosic feedstock [Registered]

Extracting cellulosic sugars from lignocellulosic biomass is costly as it is difficult to tease out the cellulose and hemiceullose fractions from the recalcitrant lignin and hydrolyse the former two into […]

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Engineered Novosphingobium aromaticivorans produces high yields of PDC from lignin [Registered]

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have engineered Novosphingobium aromaticivorans, a soil bacteria, to depolymerize lignin into smaller aromatic hydrocarbons.

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Afyren secures €60 million to produce biobased chemicals at commercial scale [Full subscriber]

The French biotech start-up Afyren has obtained €60 million in funding to commercialise its technology that can produce industrial chemicals from cellulosic sugars from crop residues and agro-industry by-products.

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Nouryon partners with Itaconix for the supply of biobased polymers [Registered]

Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) will expand its offering to customers in the detergents market through a supply agreement with biobased polymers maker Itaconix.

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Genomatica commences large scale production of biobased butylene glycol [Registered]

The biotech start-up Genomatica recently announced large-scale commercial production of its Brontide™ butylene glycol.

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Amyris secures US$255 million to produce cannabidiol from cane sugar [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Amyris recently announced that it has teamed up with an undisclosed partner in a US$255 million deal – its largest ever – to produce CBD (cannabidiol) from cane sugar using its fermentation technology.

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Braskem and Haldor Topsoe commissions pilot plant for MEG from sugar [Full subscriber]

Braskem and Haldor Topsoe recently announced commissioning a pioneering demonstration unit for the development of monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar.

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Gevo produces isoprene from fusel oils [Registered]

The biotech start-up Gevo has developed a proprietary catalytic process that transforms low-cost commercially available, or even waste by-product, renewable alcohols into renewable isoprene that would be expected to compete head-to-head on price with natural and petroleum-based chemical equivalents while reducing CO2 emissions.

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Researchers map production routes for biobased chemicals [Registered]

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a very detailed map on metabolic engineering routes for the production of a wide range of biobased chemicals. This map charts all available strategies and pathways of chemical reactions that lead to the production of various industrial chemicals via engineered microorganisms.

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