International Sugar Journal

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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Gen3Bio’s process produces chemicals from microalgae [Registered]

The biotech start-up Gen3Bio is developing a novel process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into chemicals.

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Malaysia – Commercial scale biobased dodecanedioic acid plant to be built [Registered]

The Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation (Bioeconomy Corporation) recently announced that the country will be home to the world’s first biobased chemical manufacturing plant by 2019.

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Australia – Queensland likely to get Amyris’ cane-based farnesene plant [Registered]

The US biotech start-up Amyris recently announced that it will partner with the Queensland government in Australia to open a biorefinery as part of the state’s vision to produce AU$1 billion (US$760 million) of sustainable, export-oriented biotechnology products.

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Annellotech successfully demonstrates its biomass-to-aromatics technology at its pilot plant [Registered]

The biotech start-up Anellotech recently announced that its and IFPEN/Axens engineers have successfully completed a continuous performance test of the TCat-8 pilot plant as part of unit commissioning in Silsbee, Texas, USA.

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US researchers develop a process to convert paper waste into carbon fibre [Registered]

In USA alone, some 50 million tonnes of lignin-rich paper is discarded as waste. Currently, only about two percent is recycled into new products, such as the bioplastic Arboform. Researchers at Texas A&A Agrilife have developed a method for converting waste from the paper and pulp industries into carbon fibres that have variety of applications.

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Gamma valerolactone – an effective solvent for converting lignocellulosic feedstocks into high value products [Registered]

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have developed a new process which they claim triples the fraction of lignocellulosic feedstock converted to high-value products to nearly 80%. The process also triples the expected rate of return on an investment in the technology to 30%.

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Biodegradable cellulose microbeads developed by Bath university researchers [Registered]

Microbeads are tiny balls of plastic (less than 0.5 mm in size) whose alleged powers of exfoliation have made them a mainstay of cosmetics ranging from facial cleanser to toothpastes. However, they are too small to be removed by sewage filtration systems and so end up in rivers and oceans, where they are ingested by birds, fish and other marine life. Now researchers from the University of Bath have developed biodegradable cellulose microbeads that could potentially replace harmful plastic ones.

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Biobased polycarbonate from sugar and carbon dioxide [Registered]

Scientists from the University of Bath have developed a process for producing polycarbonates from sugar and carbon dioxide.

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