International Sugar Journal

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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E. coli engineered to synthesise terpenes [Registered]

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an artificial enzymatic pathway for synthesizing isoprenoids, or terpenes, in bioengineered E. coli.

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Stora Enso partners with Ikea and H&M group to produce cellulose-based textiles [Registered]

The Finnish pulp and paper specialist Stora Enso is joining in partnership with the furniture giant Ikea and fashion giant H&M to create sustainable textiles. Stora Enso will be joining the joint venture called “TreeToTextile” and set up a demonstration plant at one of its Nordic facilities to support the production of cellulose-based textiles.

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Researchers develop lignin-based composite for 3D printing process [Registered]

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have created a new composite material to be used for 3D printing that makes use of lignin and which could spur a profitable new use of lignin.

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Pine needles from Christmas trees turned into valuable products [Registered]

A chemical engineer at the University of Sheffield has found that useful products (e.g. paint and sweeteners) can be made from the chemicals extracted from pine needles of Christmas trees when processed.

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Colombia – Over million tonnes of cane-bagasse converted into paper [Full subscriber]

The paper and paper products company Carvajal Pulpa y Papel annually converts around 1,100,000 tonnes of cane bagasse into paper, according to local press reports. This represents less than 30% of the bagasse produced at the country’s mills.

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