International Sugar Journal

Novvi commences production of plant sugars based base oils and process oils [Full subscriber]

Novvi LLC recently announced the successful start-up of its Deer Park, Texas plant, where it is manufacturing and marketing 100% biobased base oils for the lubricants industry, and 100% biobased process oils for polymer, adhesives, and personal care industries.

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E. coli engineered to produce adipic acid from guaiacol [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have engineered E. coli to produce the platform chemical adipic acid used in nylon manufacturing.

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Algae-based biodegradable flip-flops – eco-friendly and fashionable [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have formulated polyurethane foams, made from algae oil, to meet commercial specifications for biodegradable midsole shoes and the foot-bed of flip-flops which they say will address plastic waste that ends up in landfills, on seashores and in our oceans.

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Australia’s The Product Makers launches sugarcane extract boasting health benefits [Full subscriber]

Australian food flavouring company The Product Makers (TPM) has launched sugarcane extract Phytolin.

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Bacterial enzymes exploited to synthesize complex diterpenes normally made by plants [Full subscriber]

Chemists at Scripps Research have efficiently created three families of complex, oxygen-containing molecules that are normally obtainable only from plants.

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Spoiled milk re-engineered into functional clothing [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Mi Terro has found a use for spoilt/expired milk by re-engineering its protein casein into biodegradable yarn for the clothing industry.

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Silica from sugarcane ashes being exploited for beauty products [Full subscriber]

Aprinnova an Amyris joint venture, is commercializing plant-derived silica made from sugarcane ashes. Silica is used widely in personal care and cosmetics. It is traditionally sourced from non-renewable sand dredging, which requires significant energy consumption and emits large amounts of CO2.

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Biosyntia secures licensing of Lantana’s technology to produce biobased isoflavanoids [Registered]

Danish and French biotech start-ups Biosyntia and Lantana, respectively, through their collaboration, are moving closer to offering natural isoflavonoids made from a more pure and high-quality process that is also cheaper and more sustainable, according to the company’s press release.

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US Navy partners with Cambium Biomaterials to produce bio-based fire-resistant composite materials [Registered]

US Naval Air Warfare Centre Weapons Division (NAWCWD) and Berkeley-based (California) start-up Cambium Biomaterials are collaborating to develop and produce new, biobased, flame-resistant materials that can both control the spread of flames and reduce the toxicity of the smoke from a fire in aircraft, ships, submarines, spacecraft, and other applications.

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Itaconix raises US$2.2 million from shareholders to deliver biobased products [Full subscriber]

Itaconix, a leading innovator in bio-based functional ingredients for improving the safety and performance of everyday homecare, personal care and industrial products, recently announced that it had raised US$2.2 million from its shareholders.

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