International Sugar Journal

Biodegradable diaper developed from cane bagasse [Full subscriber]

A young Ecuadorian biomedical engineer Carolina Serrano has developed cane bagasse-based biodegradable diapers.

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DSM commences partnership with Neste to produce biobased PA6 [Full subscriber]

The specialty chemicals major DSM recently signed an agreement with Neste under which the Finish refiner will supply sustainable feedstocks for the production of biobased polyamide 6 (PA6).

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Production of medicinal anthraquinones from plants advanced by gene discovery [Full subscriber]

Anthraquinones are a class of naturally occurring compounds prized for their medicinal properties, as well as for other applications, including ecologically friendly dyes. Until now, the mechanism by which plants produce them has remained shrouded in mystery. An international team of researchers led by Sue Rhee at Carnegie Institution for Science have discovered a gene responsible for anthraquinone synthesis in plants. Their findings could help scientists cultivate a plant-based mechanism for harvesting these useful compounds in bulk quantities.

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Engineered Corynebacterium glutamicum produces high yield of glutaric acid [Registered]

Researchers at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have engineered Corynebacterium glutamicum strain capable of producing a high yield of the platform chemical glutaric acid without by-products from glucose.

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Braskem and Haldor Topsoe produce biobased MEG from sugar with new technology [Full subscriber]

The chemical giants Braskem and Haldor Topsoe have announced that they have achieved their first-ever demo-scale production of biobased monoethylene glycol (MEG).

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Yeast metabolically engineered to synthesis triterpenoid saponins [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Osaka University, in collaboration with the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), RIKEN, and Chiba University have discovered a vital link in the complex biochemical pathway for saponin synthesis. Their discovery paves the way for improving the commercial production of these high-value products.

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EU funds €23 million for a new plant to produce biobased solvent from lignocellulosic feedstocks [Full subscriber]

The Melbourne-based biotech start-up Circa Group is taking the lead in the European flagship project to produce biobased the platform chemical levoglucosenone (LGO) through its proprietary Furacel technology.

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Kraft lignin chemically modified for use in carbon fibre composite [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Kanazawa University have chemically modified Kraft lignin — ordinarily produced in pulp mills is destined for low-added value applications — and used it in the production of quality carbon fibre composite. Once the process is optimised, it will invite significant application interest from not only aerospace, defence and automotive industries due to the combination of its lightweight nature (providing a solution to reducing the weight of vehicles et al), its versatility and strength.

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Brazil – Solvay opens second biobased solvent plant [Registered]

Solvay has opened a second plant in Brazil for its Augeo line of biobased solvents, more than tripling production capacity 6000 to 20,000 tonnes per year.

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Speeding up metabolic engineering with machine learning [Full subscriber]

Synthetic biology allows us to bioengineer cells to synthesize novel valuable molecules such as renewable biofuels or anticancer drugs. However, traditional synthetic biology approaches involve ad-hoc engineering practices, which lead to long development times. Now, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have created a new tool that adapts machine learning algorithms to the needs of synthetic biology, dramatically reducing the time spent engineering drugs and chemicals.

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