International Sugar Journal

Engineering bacteria as “cell-factories” with a genetic switch to produce high-value chemicals [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the University of Warwick (UoW) have engineered bacteria with an irreversible genetic switch that reroutes their chemistry to produce high-value chemicals.

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USA – Cargill and Helm partner to build US$300 million commercial-scale biobased BDO plant [Full subscriber]

The agribusiness giant Cargill and chemicals marketer Helm have formed a new joint venture, Qore, to build a commercial-scale biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO) plant that would save up to 93% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared with current production technologies.

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Leather-like material manufactured from silk proteins [Full subscriber]

Biomaterial composites based on reformulated silk protein offer new routes for tough and strong, environmentally friendly leather-like materials. Researchers at Tufts University School of Engineering have succeeded in developing a process for making silk-based leather that is scalable, amenable to digital manufacturing, thus enabling a wide variety of formats, and offering new pathways to sustainable production.

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Biodegradable nylons made from biobased itaconic acid and amino acids [Full subscriber]

Conventional nylon currently available such as nylon 6, nylon 66, and nylon 11 are not degradable. On the other hand, itaconic acid-derived bio-nylons performed better than conventional ones and are degradable in soil, but the degradability via digestive enzymes has not been confirmed.

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Moorella thermoacetica engineered to produce acetone from syngas [Registered]

Gas fermentation is one of the promising bioprocesses to convert CO2 or syngas to important chemicals. Thermophilic gas fermentation of volatile chemicals has the potential for the development of consolidated bioprocesses that can simultaneously separate products during fermentation. Researchers at Hiroshima University and AIST in Japan report the production of acetone from CO2 and H2, CO, or syngas via engineered bacterium.

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Conagen scales up production of biobased capsaicinoid compounds [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Conagen recently announced it has successfully scaled up its fermentation process for the production of premium capsaicin and its related capsaicinoid molecules such as dihydrocapsaicin and nonivamide, a capsaicinoid used in topical muscle pain relievers and in synthetic pepper spray.

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Global Bioenergies to launch cosmetics produced from plant-derived sugars [Full subscriber]

The French biotech start-up Global Bioenergies announced on 4th May the upcoming launch of its “LAST” long-wear cosmetics brand comprising 18 products made from plant-derived sugars.

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South Korea – LG Chem to produce 9 chemicals from bio-naptha supplied by Neste [Full subscriber]

South Korean petrochemical firm LG Chem will begin production of nine biobased chemicals at its Yosu and Iksan cracker and polymerisation plants in June, after securing ISCC-Plus certification.

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Stora Enso launches lignin-based binder that is safer than fossil-based ones [Full subscriber]

Stora Enso launched on 5th May its latest lignin-based innovation, NeoLigno® by Stora Enso. NeoLigno – a fully biobased binder that does not contain formaldehyde and isocyanates, which are typically used in adhesive resins and industrial products, thereby supporting healthier indoor and working environments.

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Pseudomonas putida metabolically engineered to produce itaconic acid from lignocellulosic feedstock [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA have successfully bioengineered a microbe to efficiently turn lignocellulosic feedstock into itaconic acid, an industrial chemical used in plastics and paints.

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