International Sugar Journal

Godavari Biorefineries restarts production of biobased acetic acid [Full subscriber]

The India-based Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. (GBL) will be re-commencing its production of bio-based acetic acid at its Sakarwadi facility in Maharashtra from August 2018 using molasses-based ethanol for feedstock.

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AkzoNobel partners with Renmatix to develop biobased paint additives [Full subscriber]

The specialty chemicals giant AkzoNobel is partnering with the start-up Renmatix, a specialist in plant-based technology, to make biobased additives for paints and construction materials.

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Braskem’s cane-based polymer exploited by a footwear firm [Registered]

Brazilian resin supplier Braskem has produced an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer derived from sugarcane that is being exploited by the popular footwear startup Allbirds in the production of flip-flops.

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Discovery and engineering of novel cytochrome P450 enzymes for converting lignin into to chemicals [Registered]

Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Montana State University, University of Georgia, the University of California at Los Angeles, Brazil’s University of Campinas, and the United Kingdom’s University of Portsmouth.have discovered and characterized a new family of cytochrome P450 enzymes that is critical to improving the conversion of lignin into high value platform chemicals.

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Super-strong spider silk synthesized from nanocellulose [Registered]

Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden claim to have synthesized the strongest yet hybrid silk fibres, combining spider silk proteins with nanocellulose from wood.

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Taiwanese entrepreneurs produce cane bagasse-based drinking straws [Registered]

Entrepreneurs from Central Taiwan Innovation Campus have developed drinking straws made from cane bagasse, reports Taiwan News

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Nano platelets from beet pulp fibres makes concrete stronger [Registered]

Researchers at Lancaster University are working with the start-up Cellucomp to elicit how its technology of adding ‘nano platelets’ extracted from the fibres of root vegetables in concrete mixtures increases its strength.

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Duo UK supplies mailing bags produced from cane ethanol to retailers [Full subscriber]

Polythene bag manufacturer Duo UK has become the first UK-based manufacturer to produce mailing bags using Green PE, a thermoplastic resin made entirely from sugarcane ethanol.

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Novel biobased process for the production of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) [Full subscriber]

Colorado State University polymer chemists have developed a process for economically producing a polymer material from a renewable source which is both high performing and biodegradable than the comparative plastic produced from petrochemicals.

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Bioengineered cyanobacterium supports production of succinate from CO2 [Full subscriber]

The production of biobased succinate via (bioengineered) microbes typically requires mono- or poly-saccharides as a feedstock. Researchers at the Kobe University Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation discovered that the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 which can produce organic acids such as succinate from CO2 not supplemented with sugars increase the yield of succinate when cyanobacteria is grown above the ideal temperature for cell growth.

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