International Sugar Journal

Discovery and engineering of novel cytochrome P450 enzymes for converting lignin into to chemicals [Registered]

Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Montana State University, University of Georgia, the University of California at Los Angeles, Brazil’s University of Campinas, and the United Kingdom’s University of Portsmouth.have discovered and characterized a new family of cytochrome P450 enzymes that is critical to improving the conversion of lignin into high value platform chemicals.

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Super-strong spider silk synthesized from nanocellulose [Registered]

Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden claim to have synthesized the strongest yet hybrid silk fibres, combining spider silk proteins with nanocellulose from wood.

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Taiwanese entrepreneurs produce cane bagasse-based drinking straws [Registered]

Entrepreneurs from Central Taiwan Innovation Campus have developed drinking straws made from cane bagasse, reports Taiwan News

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Nano platelets from beet pulp fibres makes concrete stronger [Registered]

Researchers at Lancaster University are working with the start-up Cellucomp to elicit how its technology of adding ‘nano platelets’ extracted from the fibres of root vegetables in concrete mixtures increases its strength.

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Duo UK supplies mailing bags produced from cane ethanol to retailers [Full subscriber]

Polythene bag manufacturer Duo UK has become the first UK-based manufacturer to produce mailing bags using Green PE, a thermoplastic resin made entirely from sugarcane ethanol.

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Novel biobased process for the production of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) [Full subscriber]

Colorado State University polymer chemists have developed a process for economically producing a polymer material from a renewable source which is both high performing and biodegradable than the comparative plastic produced from petrochemicals.

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Bioengineered cyanobacterium supports production of succinate from CO2 [Full subscriber]

The production of biobased succinate via (bioengineered) microbes typically requires mono- or poly-saccharides as a feedstock. Researchers at the Kobe University Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation discovered that the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 which can produce organic acids such as succinate from CO2 not supplemented with sugars increase the yield of succinate when cyanobacteria is grown above the ideal temperature for cell growth.

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UK – Ten biobased chemicals for advancing economic growth [Registered]

The UK is well placed to benefit from the emerging bioeconomy and has the potential “to reclaim its world leading position, building new industries out of old ones” as it has the “leading biochemical R&D, relevant skills and infrastructure to build the industry, and established supply chains to chemical buyers at home and abroad” according to a recently published report.

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Lignin to chemicals facilitated by metabolically engineered E. coli [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Sandia National Laboratories in California have demonstrated a new technology based on bio-engineered bacteria that can make it economically feasible to produce chemicals from lignin.

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Enerkem partners with AkzoNobel and Air Liquide for waste-to-methanol plant in Rotterdam [Full subscriber]

A facility to convert non-recyclable municipal waste into valuable raw materials is being planned at the port of Rotterdam. The Canadian start-up Enerkem is working with Akzo Nobel Specialty Chemicals, and industrial gases group Air Liquide to develop a plant that will convert 350,000 tonnes of waste, including plastics, into 270 million litres of ‘green’ methanol, each year.

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