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...

BioAmber courting both U.S. and Canada for second biobased succinic acid plant

In Ontario, BioAmber is working to secure an incentive package for its second commercial-scale biobased succinic acid facility. The new plant, which would be...

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Kiwi fisherman and brewer team up on bioplastic

In New Zealand, a fisherman is working to create a biodegradable alternative to plastic using beer waste. Mohi Healey, a deckhand on a factory...

Designer’s bacteria-infused knitting loom evokes “multi-actor fabrication”

In London, designer Bastian Beyer is using bacteria to solidify knitted materials into room elements such as spatial dividers and shading features. More specifically, Beyer’s...

Squid-inspired fibers eyed as microplastics solution

In Pennsylvania, Penn state researcher Melik Demirel is working on biosynthetic textiles inspired by squid that could cut down on the amount of microplastics...