Knock on wood: Mainers look to biotech to sustain beleaguered logging industry

In Maine, the logging industry is pinning its hopes on biobased products to help sustain revenue and jobs. Maine has more forests than any other...

Evolva, Cargill consummate partnership, move ahead with stevia production

In Nebraska, Evolva and Cargill have signed an agreement to build capacity for the sweetener stevia using Evolva’s fermentation-based technology. The product, dubbed EverSweet,...

Nematodes no more: Bayer gains approval for biological in Greece

In Greece, Bayer’s biological nematicide BioAct Prime DC has been approved for use. Bayer expects to launch the product this year, with approvals in...

Biobased farnesene finds tacky new application

In Pennsylvania, Total subsidiary Cray Valley has launched tackifying resins using biobased farnesene produced by Amyris. Tackifying resins are traditionally derived from trees, citrus fruit...

DSM opens biotech center, honors DNA-pioneer Rosalind Franklin

In the Netherlands, DSM has opened a biotechnology lab to develop food and nutrition, feed, fuel, pharma, and materials products from renewable sources. DSM...

Moscow researchers report chitin breakthrough

In Russia, researchers at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have developed a faster, environmentally friendly way to depolymerize chitin and chitosan into...

Whiskey byproduct eyed for salmon feed in Scotland

In Scotland, Horizon Proteins is planning to build a plant to produce fish feed proteins from whiskey byproduct. The company’s process extracts protein from the...

Entomics, Colorifix among finalists for Bio-start funding

In the United Kingdom, three Cambridge-based companies have been selected as finalists to receive Bio-start funding as well as a chance to join a...

Soy-based Wax and Ester Plant Planned for Kentucky

In Kentucky, OG&A BioSpecialties has begun engineering, procurement and construction of its planned Owensboro biobased wax and ester production plant. The company’s HDX hydroconversion technology...

Biobased Copolymer Matrix Improves Chromium Efficiency in Leather Processing

In India, scientists at the Central Leather Research Institute have developed a biobased copolymer matrix that improves the efficiency of chromium use in leather...

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