International Sugar Journal

Breakthrough in the production of biobased toluene from bacterial enzyme [Registered]

Researchers at the US Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a new enzyme that will enable the microbial production of a biobased alternative to petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of 29 million tonnes per year.

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Toyota Tsusho invests in Anellotech’s biobased aromatics technology platform Bio-TCAT™ [Registered]

The biotech start-up Anellotech, focused on producing cost-competitive BTX (benzene, toluene and xylene) from lingo-cellulosic feedstock, recently announced that it is partnering with Toyota Tsusho Corporation in the renewable aromatic chemicals supply chain.

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