International Sugar Journal

Netherlands – Pectins from beet pulp found effective for use in leather production [Full subscriber]

The Dutch specialty chemicals manufacturer Smit & Zoon found that pectins from sugar beet pulp are excellent tanning agents in the production of leather.

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BP and Arzeda enter into second phase of biochemical collaboration [Registered]

The oil major BP and Arzeda, the Protein Design Company™, recently announced that they have entered a second extended collaboration agreement for developing a bioprocess for the production of an undisclosed renewable chemical of high strategic and industrial interest to BP.

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Brazil – Amyris to build US$75 million factory producing zero-calorie sweeteners [Registered]

The biotech start-up Amyris plans to build a factory in Barra Bonita, Sao Paulo state. Costing US$75 million, the factory will produce zero-calorie sweeteners from sugar cane.

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Carnegie’s cane-based Xorel is first textile to achieve Living Product Challenge Certification [Registered]

Carnegie’s Biobased Xorel, a groundbreaking high-performance textile sourced from sugarcane, achieved Living Product Challenge Certification. Carnegie became the first textile company to achieve this advanced protocol.

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Cyanobacterium metabolically engineered to produce astaxanthin [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Kobe University’s Engineering Biology Research Centre have succeeded in synthesizing astaxanthin using the fast-growing marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC7002.

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Belgium – Stora Enso invests €9 million in pilot plant producing FDCA from sugar [Full subscriber]

Stora Enso is investing €9 million in a pilot facility to produce biobased plastics for use in transparent packaging.

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Production of high-value chemicals from sugar beet pulp moves to demonstration scale [Full subscriber]

Europe produces about 13 million tonnes of pulp annually following sugar beet processing. Currently, beet pulp is mainly used for the production of feedstuffs with low nutritional value and or biogas. Opportunity for producing significantly high-value co-products from the pulp was given traction by European Commission’s investment in the bioeconomy.

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Engineered E. coli supports the production of coniferol from lignocellulosic feedstock [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the UK and Brazil have developed a consolidated process to produce chemical building block, coniferol from lignocellulosic feedstock.

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Evonik and Siemens collaboration for the production of specialty chemicals from CO2 enters the next phase [Registered]

Evonik and Siemens have launched the second phase of their joint research project Rheticus, in which they are developing a process that uses carbon dioxide (CO2) and renewable energy to produce specialty chemicals.

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Borealis and Neste partner to produce biobased polypropylene [Registered]

The Austrian petrochemicals group Borealis and Finnish refining company Neste are partnering to produce polypropylene (PP) from biobased propane (supplied by Neste).

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