New bioplastic increases PLA toughness, opens new applications

In the United Kingdom, Florean has developed a bioplastic that, when added to polylactic acid, reduces the bioplastic’s brittleness and increases its toughness by...

Global Bioenergies signs offtake agreement for French energy market

In France, energy supplier Butagaz has signed an exclusive partnership to use Global Bioenergies’ biobased isobutene in in its butane and propane for energy...

Danish scientists achieve serine production breakthrough.

In Denmark, researchers at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability have engineered Escherichia coli to produce commercially meaningful amounts of the amino acid...

Soy-based air filter can deliver better purification than plastic

In Washington, researchers have developed an air filter using soy protein along with bacterial cellulose. The filter was developed by Washington State University researchers in...

German company plans engineered fiber plant

In Germany, Zelfo Technology is building an engineered fiber production and research facility in Schwedt. The company’s produces cellulosic and ligncellulosic fibers, including micro fibrillated...

Malaysia launches $22.4-million biotech fund

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Bhd has been chosen to manage the newly launched, RM100-million ($22.4-million) Biotechnology Commercialisation Fund. The BCF is both...

U.S. Army is looking for a few good biobased, seed-conveying bullets

In the United States, the Department of Defense is looking for partners to develop biodegradable training ammunition that doubles as a seed for environmentally...

Hemp plane looks to fly high

In North Carolina, Hempearth Group is planning to order a four-seater aircraft composed of 75% industrial hemp. The company is currently performing structural testing on...

Gevo’s Luverne plant down for two-week maintenance

In Colorado, Gevo has provided an update on the status of its Luverne, MN isobutanol plant as well as detailed output in the fourth...

Fulvic acid firm branches out into biostimulants

In Michigan, nutraceutical maker AgTonik is expanding into new markets with its biobased fulvic acid and plans to at least double its business in...

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Precision farming data offers archaeologists new insights

In the United Kingdom, a University of Bristol study suggests that developments in precision farming could yield data of great use to archaeological research,...

New USDA school meal rule brings back low-fat flavored milk and bread flexibility

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the new School Meal Flexibility Rule that makes targeted changes to standards for meals provided...

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