Blue agave-based ethanol gains support Down Under

In Australia, the administration of Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is helping fund feasibility studies looking at biorefinery development in the Atherton Tableland region of...

Canada looks to keep out the cold using lignin

In Quebec, insulation manufacturer Enerlab 2000 has received federal funding to replace petroleum-based materials in insulation and structural panels with lignin. Natural Resources Canada’s Investments...

Canadian researcher wins grant to study bug pheromones as pesticide

In Ottawa, Acadia University has received almost $3 million from the federal government to support research into using pheromones to manage pests that threaten...

Biopesticide consolidation: Certis acquires LAM International

In Maryland, biopesticide maker LAM International has been acquired by Certis USA. Financial terms were not disclosed. Certis CEO Jow-Lih Su said LAM’s Butte facility...

Biodegradable car gets Dutch clearance

In the Netherlands, Eindhoven University of Technology has kicked off a national press tour for LINA, the world’s first biodegradable car. Unveiled in May, the...

Ford updates progress on sustainable materials

At a recent conference in Orlando, Debbie Mielewski, Ford’s senior technical leader of materials sustainability, provided an update on the automaker’s many sustainable material...

Vietnamese students create cassava flour-based bioplastic

In Vietnam, two students have developed a plastic bag replacement from cassava flour. Nguyen Cam Binh Minh and Nguyen Cam Kieu Khanh, students at...

Malaysia steps up biobased collaborations

In Malaysia, the country’s Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation sees potential biobased and innovation collaborations emerging from the Astana Expo 2017. The ministry said...

Partially renewable plastic retail cards set to hit UK market

In the United Kingdom, Thames Card Technology will soon be supplying gift, membership, loyalty, and hotel key cards made with partially renewable content and...

Dust-control polymers help make coal greener

In South Africa, LignoTech has developed a biobased dust-suppression product, Dustex P, which contains natural organic polymers that bind to coal particles. The release...

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