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Genomatica and DuPont Tate & Lyle Successfully produce 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) on commercial scale [Registered]

Genomatica and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products recently announced commercial-scale production of biobased 1,4-Butanediol (BDO). BDO is an intermediate chemical used in a wide variety of applications including athletic apparel, electronics and automotive applications. This campaign, which spanned five weeks in late 2012, produced more than five million pounds (over 2,000 metric tons) of BDO by direct fermentation using conventional sugars as feedstock. The companies claim this is the first time that BDO- with an existing worldwide market of billions of pounds per year – has been produced biologically on this scale and at this rate. This campaign was…

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