UMass Amherst and Genoverde Biosciences research could increase wood density by 20%

In Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts Amherst plant geneticist Sam Hazen partnered with Genoverde Biosciences, Inc. to test the commercial viability of Hazen’s gene trait...

Berkeley Lab receives $4.6 million to non-destructively image roots and soil

In California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received $4.6 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy for two innovative projects to...

Startup Backed by Gates Foundation Uses Food Waste to Reduce Food Waste

In California, a startup is protecting plants pre- and post-harvest by converting plant waste into edible solutions for pest protection and shelf-life extension. Apeel Sciences,...

Polyurethane-Eating Fungi Isolated in China

In China, researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Kunming Institute of Botany have isolated a fungus that can produces polyurethane-degrading enzymes. Dubbed Apergillus tubingensis,...

McDonald’s chooses two new potato varieties to make golden fries more sustainable

In Washington, Washington State University researchers announced that McDonald’s has chosen two new russet potato varieties for their french fries. The Clearwater Russet and the...

EU biomass policy needs a fundamental rethink: report

Spanish and Dutch policy experts have published research that used mathematical models to evaluate the role of public policy on biomass usage and better...

University of Delaware teams with brewery on bio-acetone research

In Delaware, research emerging from two labs at the University of Delaware and their collaborators at White Dog Labs in New Castle drives the...

A low carbohydrate diet can be an effective diabetes management strategy

In the UK, new research by London Metropolitan University suggests following a reduced carbohydrate diet as a potentially safe and effective diabetes management strategy....

Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture receives $16 million to improve forest health

In West Virginia, the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture is working with landowners in West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Kentucky to improve the health of...

New urine test knows everything you ate

In the United Kingdom, researchers from Imperial College London, Newcastle University and Aberystwyth University developed a five-minute urine test that measures the breakdown of...

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Money down the toilet: Flushable pregnancy test startup announces funding

In Philadelphia, biodegradable pregnancy test startup Lia Diagnostics has raised $2.6 million in private funding. The company, which says its paper-based tests are flushable, did...

Architecture that cleans the air unveiled in Dublin

In London, design house ecoLogicStudio is piloting the use of photosynthetic microalgae to help de-carbonize cities. The company has developed an “urban curtain” of...

South Korean citrus protects skin from indoor pollution

In Switzerland, a cosmetics active ingredient extracted from the green citrus unshiu has won the Sustainable Beauty Award at the recent Sustainable Cosmetics Summit...