Biotech Routes to Fragrances Threaten Small Farmers

In Italy. The production of high-value flavor and fragrance ingredients via genetically modified yeast and bacteria is expected to increase, but agricultural experts say the...

Japanese Paper Company to Build Cellulose Nanofiber Plant Using Bamboo

In Japan, Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Co. is planning commercial production of cellulose nanofiber from bamboo at its Sendai, Stasuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture facility. The...

Adsorbent Holds Promise for Water Treatment

In South Korea, researchers have developed a renewable adsorbent that can selectively remove water-soluble organic contaminants in water. The adsorbent is a fluorine-based nanoporous polymer...

Missouri Company Wants to Keep Your Coffee Warm with Biobased Thermal Technology

In Missouri, ThermAvant International is using an unspecified biobased material to help keep your coffee warm even in unforgiving climates. The company’s Lexo mug, which...

Algae Facility Planned for Caribbean Island

In the Caribbean, Wageningen University & Research is building an algae pilot facility on the island of Bonaire. The location features ideal production conditions, and...

Bali entrepreneur launches cassava-based bioplastic

In Bali, biology graduate student and surfer Kevin Kumala has launched Avani Eco, a manufacturer of bioplastics made from cassava starch, vegetable oils, and...

Honest Company in hot water again over baby powder recall

In Los Angeles, an all-natural consumer products company owned by movie star Jessica Alba is facing backlash after a voluntary recall of baby powder. Honest...

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...

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New catalyst achieves unprecedented activities

In Germany, Ruhr-Universität Bochum researchers developed a new efficient catalyst for the synthesis of so-called aromatic amines, which are central building blocks in many...

ORNL aims to scale up new carbon dioxide capture technology

In Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists developed methods to remove carbon dioxide from industrial flue gases, including emissions from coal-fired power plants, by...

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