International Sugar Journal

Leather, biofabricated from engineered yeast [Full subscriber]

After five years of R&D, the biotech start-up Modern Meadow has launched biofabricated leather brand Zoa™. Unveiled at a pop-up exhibit in SoHo New York, Zoa is the first generation materials destined to generate a broader conversation about the design and manufacturing possibilities available with biofabrication.

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Plasma catalysis process facilitates conversion of CO2 and CH4 into fuels and chemicals [Registered]

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals.

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Bio-on to build PHAs Biopolymers plant in Italy [Registered]

The biotech start-up Bio-on recently announced the start of the construction of a new plant in Italy that will produce special PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates) biopolymers, 100% natural and biodegradable, for advanced and fast-growing niche markets, particularly the cosmetics sector.

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Novel process to extract sugars from lignocellulosic feedstocks [Registered]

Researchers from the University of Delaware (UD) have developed a new process to extract sugars from lignocellulosic feedstocks which they claim is an upgrade on the current technologies used in the sector.

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Cyborg bacteria effective in producing useful chemicals from sunlight [Registered]

Researchers at the University of California Berkeley may have introduced a new era in artificial photosynthesis. They’ve devised a way to cover bacteria with cadmium sulphide semiconductor nanocrystals to breakdown CO2 into acetic acid, a potential feedstock for biosynthesis of fuels and plastics.

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Blending lignin with carbon fibre produces a cost-effective material with strength intact [Registered]

Researchers at Washington State University have found that blending lignin into carbon fibre could lower the cost of the high-tech material without sacrificing its strength.

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S2G BioChem to build a plant producing xylitol from lignocellulosic feedstock [Registered]

The biotech start-up S2G BioChem is planning to build a new demonstration plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada that will produce xylitol from lignocellulosic feedstock, in particular, the locally available residues from pulp and paper plants

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Genomatica introduces biobased 1,3-butylene glycol production technology [Registered]

The biotech start-up Genomatica recently announced its latest innovation, the GENO BG process for the production of biobased 1,3-butylene glycol.

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Biosynthesis of anthocyanins using E. coli polycultures fed sugar [Registered]

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have shown that four strains of E. coli bacteria working together can convert sugar into the natural red anthocyanin pigment found in strawberries.

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Producing polycarbonate from limonene and CO2, free from bisphonel-A [Registered]

Researchers from the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) based in Barcelona have developed an eco-friendly process for producing polycarbonate from a combination of limonene and CO2 to replace the potentially toxic bisphenol-A (BPA), a primary ingredient of polycarbonate (and a potential carcinogen).

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