International Sugar Journal

Green Biologics to shut its biobased chemicals plant in USA [Full subscriber]

UK-headquartered biotech start-up Green Biologics has announced that it has failed to secure funding to keep its US facility, which produces biobased chemicals, running and will close it down.

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Godavari Biorefineries secures USDA-certified biobased label for three products [Full subscriber]

Godavari Biorefineries Ltd has earned the US Department of Agriculture- (USDA) certified biobased product label for its products, NaturoBG (1,3-Butylene Glycol), Acetic Acid Glacial and Crotonaldehyde.

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Self-healing elastomer developed from lignin [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a stretchy material from lignin that exhibits self-healing behaviour and could be used in adhesives and other industrial applications.

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Finland – Kemira to participate in EU-funded biobased chemicals project [Full subscriber]

The Finnish company Kemira will be participating in a four-year EU funded project which aims to develop 100% biobased chemicals for paper and cardboard production.

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Thailand – Lenzing to invest €400 million in new biobased fibre plant [Full subscriber]

The Austria-based Lenzing Group has announced plans to invest more than €1billion in new biobased fibre production facilities, according to the company’s press release.

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Fungi engineered to produce blue pigment for use in the textile industry [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered fungi to produce the blue pigment indigoidine.

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Mitsui Chemicals novel bio-PP production technology [Registered]

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. recently introduced its concept for a bio-polypropylene (bio-PP) development project at the G20 Ministerial Meeting in Karuizawa, Japan.

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LyondellBasell and Neste partner to produce family of biobased polyolefins at commercial-scale [Full subscriber]

Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel from waste and residues, and LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, announced the first parallel production of biobased polypropylene and biobased low-density polyethylene at a commercial scale.

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Solugen’s engineered enzyme supports safe production of biobased hydrogen peroxide [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Solugen, founded in 2016, has engineered an enzyme that is extremely stable in the highly oxidizing environment required for H2O2 generation.

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Bioengineered microbes facilitate the production of isoprenoids [Full subscriber]

Now, researchers at the University of South Florida have engineered microorganisms for synthesizing isoprenoids.

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