International Sugar Journal

Ionic liquid intermediate produced from lignin [Full subscriber]

Researchers at US Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab have transformed lignin into a precursor for a useful chemical with a wide range of potential applications.

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Germany – Construction of the new €550 million UPM’s biorefinery has commenced [Full subscriber]

The Finnish pulp and paper producer UPM commenced the construction of the state-of-the-art biochemicals facility in Leuna, Germany on 7th October.

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Bioengineering plants to turn them into biofactories for new molecules [Full subscriber]

Plants can produce a wide range of molecules, many of which help them fight off harmful pests and pathogens. Biologists have harnessed this ability to produce many molecules important for human health — aspirin and the antimalarial drug artemisinin, for example, are derived from plants. Now, researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Stanford University have designed and engineered new synthetic metabolic pathways to create new-to-nature biopesticides with novel anti-fungal activity.

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Bagasse-based compostable and durable packaging containers [Full subscriber]

The Israeli start-up W-Cycle has developed SupraPulp, plastic-free packaging made of sugarcane bagasse that is compostable, safe, and containers.

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Polish start-up converts beet pulp into biodegradable packaging containers [Full subscriber]

The start-up Waste Lab, Poland has been successful in converting beet pulp into tableware, packaging, and other products.

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Yeast metabolically engineered to produce the medicinal tropane alkaloids [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Stanford University report the first successful microbial biosynthesis of the tropane alkaloids hyoscyamine and scopolamine, a class of neuromuscular blockers naturally found in plants in the nightshade family.

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Fabricating leather-like materials from fungi [Registered]

Fungi-derived leather substitutes are an emerging class of ethically and environmentally responsible fabrics that are increasingly meeting consumer aesthetic and functional expectations and winning favour as an alternative to bovine and synthetic leathers. An international team of researchers from the University of Vienna, Imperial College London, and RMIT University in Australia demonstrate the considerable potential of these renewable sustainable fabrics derived from fungi in their recent review article in Nature Sustainability.

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Producing useful chemicals from lignocellulosic feedstock via novel consolidated bioprocessing [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH), the University of Cambridge, and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a novel consolidated bioprocessing lactate platform to produce a variety of useful chemicals from lignocellulose feedstock.

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Plantain fibres effective in reducing carbon fibre use in the production of composite materials for the car industry [Full subscriber]

Carbon fibre has long been touted for its incredible material properties, including being extremely durable and lightweight at the same time. But while these properties are precisely what car manufacturers are looking for in material for building cars, carbon fibre is very expensive to make. Researchers from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa have discovered that combining natural plantain fibres with carbon nanotubes and epoxy resin form a promising natural fibre-reinforced polymer hybrid nanocomposite material.

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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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