International Sugar Journal

E. coli bioengineered to produce super strong spider silk [Full subscriber]

Scientists at the Washington University in St. Louis have bioengineered E. coli found to produce super-strong spider dragline silk.

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Brewers yeast engineered to produce cannabinoids THC and CBD [Full subscriber]

University of California, Berkeley, synthetic biologists have engineered brewer’s yeast to produce marijuana’s main ingredients–mind-altering THC and non-psychoactive CBD.

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Clariant launches first biobased version of Pigment Red 254 [Full subscriber]

Clariant has launched the first bio-based version of iconic Pigment Red 254—the automotive’s industry most widely-used red pigment for exterior coatings.

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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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