International Sugar Journal

Bayer outsources agricultural biologicals research to Ginkgo Bioworks [Full subscriber]

Ginkgo Bioworks, the leading horizontal platform for cell programming, recently announced plans to significantly expand its platform capabilities in agricultural biologicals, from discovery to field. This is facilitated by the chemical giant Bayer outsourcing to Ginkgo Bioworks the R&D for its biologicals business.

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DAB.bio’s turbocharged fermenter reduces biomanufacturing costs by 50% [Registered]

DAB.bio, a spin-out from the Delft University of Technology, is a pioneer in biomanufacturing fermentation technology. It recently announced successful fermentation runs in its FAST (Fermentation Accelerated by Separation Technology) bioreactor, demonstrating that the technology increases productivity and fermentation length, vastly improving biomanufacturing economics.

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Newly discovered biodegradable polymer made from bacterial enzyme [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and Joint Bioenergy Institute (USA) have identified a bacterial enzyme that can make a new polysaccharide type, similar to biopolymer chitin. The new polymer acholetin is biodegradable and could be useful for drug delivery, tissue engineering and other applications.

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Archroma and Stony Creek partner to produce plant-based indigo dye at commercial-scale [Full subscriber]

Following successful technical trials, specialty chemical maker Archroma has partnered with Stony Creek Colors to market Stony Creek’s IndiGold plant-based pre-reduced indigo dye at scale. Archroma will produce the first batches at its plant in Salvatierra, Mexico using Stony Creek’s natural indigo process and test the resulting dye with its customers in the denim industry.

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Goodyear has secured military funding to make tyres from dandelion rubber [Full subscriber]

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has entered a “multi-year, multi-million-dollar” programme to commercialise the production of natural rubber from dandelions (Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TK)).

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Asahi Kasei partners with Genomatica to commercialize production of biobased nylon [Full subscriber]

Japanese chemical company Asahi Kasei is partnering with the biotech start-up Genomatica to commercialize the production of biobased Leona polyamide 6,6 (also called nylon 6,6). To this end, Asahi Kasei will be sourcing Genomatica’s biobased hexamethylenediamine (HMD) process conversion technology.

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Braskem and Sojitz partner to produce and market biobased MEG and MPG [Full subscriber]

The market leader and pioneer in biopolymer production, Brazil-based Braskem and the Japanese trading firm Sojitz are partnering to produce and market biobased MEG (mono ethylene glycol) and MPG (mono propylene glycol). This will include constructing three industrial units in a bid to start production in 2025.

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Cellulose-based composite is tough as bone and hard as aluminium [Full subscriber]

A new cellulose-based composite developed by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is reportedly stronger and tougher than some types of bone and harder than typical aluminium alloys.

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Clostridium autoethanogenum engineered to produce high yields of acetone and isopropanol from waste CO2 [Registered]

Researchers from the biotech start-up LanzaTech, Northwestern University and the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have engineered a microbe to convert industrial waste gases carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide into acetone and isopropanol (IPA).

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Ashland switches production of biobased thickener HEC from China to US [Registered]

Ashland recently announced plans to increase the production capacity of Natrosol™ hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) at its site in Hopewell, Virginia, instead of its Nanjing, China, as previously announced.

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