South Korean skin care brand targets international expansion

In South Korea, natural skin care brand Isoi is expanding its international presence with store launches in China and the United States. The company...

Evonik acquires METabolic EXplorer’s methionine technology for €45 million

In Germany, Evonik Industries will acquire METabolic EXplorer’s technology for producing the amino acid methionine via fermentation for €45 million. Under the terms of the...

Algae-based fish food could reverse decline in salmon omega-3s

In California, TerraVia says feeding farmed salmon its omega-3-rich, algae-based AlgaPrime DHA could help combat a decline in the popular fish’s omega-3 fatty acid...

Avocado pit could provide natural Listeria defense

In Mexico, researchers have found that extracts from avocado seed could provide a natural alternative to controlling the growth of microbes that cause Listeria...

Engineered E. coli turn petroleum processing byproducts into scent ingredients

In Tennessee, students from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s department of chemical and biomolecular engineering department have engineered E. coli to produce natural scents from...

Pollutant-eating bacteria sought for soil remediation

In Belgium and Austria, pollutant-eating microbes are being added to tree roots to clean soil contaminated with chemicals and metals. Markus Puschenreiter, a professor at...

Nebraska hemp research targets lubricants and plastics

In Nebraska, university students have planted their first industrial hemp crop as part of a research project to develop biobased products from the partially...

Global Bioenergies completes demo unit

In Germany, Global Bioenergies has completed construction of a demonstration facility for direct fermentation of gaseous hydrocarbons. The 100 tons/year facility, located at Fraunhofer CBP’s...

Solabia buys French algae firm, targets cosmetic ingredients

In France, Solabia Group has acquired Algues & Mer, an algae-based ingredients located on Ouessant Island. Since its founding in 1994, Algues & Mer has...

Deinove and Processium partner to bring carotenoids to market faster

In France, Deinove has tapped process design firm Processium to help the company scale its carotenoid production process. Deinove, which uses Deinococcus bacteria to produce...

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