DuPont, ADM cut the ribbon on FDME pilot plant

In Illinois, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland have opened their joint pilot plant for producing furan dicarboxylic methyl ester. Made from fructose, FDME...

Taiwanese startup develops sugar-based straws

In Taiwan, a startup has developed a straw alternative based on sugarcane waste. 100% Plants, founded by Huang Chien-chung, uses simple chemical methods to turn...

Amyris targets 2018 for sweetener launch

In California, biobased farnesene producer Amyris has announced it expects to launch industrial production of a new sweetener in 2018. The low-calorie sweetener, dubbed No...

MIT Spin-Out Reports Metabolic Engineering Breakthrough

In Cambridge, MIT spin-out Manus Bio is using multivariate modular metabolic engineering to design microbial pathways that produce larger volumes of commercially interesting compounds. MMME...

Cosmetics JV Between Amyris and Nikkol Begins Operations

In Japan, cosmetics ingredients firm Nikkol has finalized the formation of its 50-50 joint venture with Amyris. The JV, dubbed Apprinova, was first announced in...

Italian company swaps casket for organic burial pod

In Italy, Capsula Mundi has introduced organic burial pods for those who wish to have a green funeral. The deceased is placed in the...

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...

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...

American Process, India’s Birla Carbon to Explore Nanocellulose-Carbon Fiber Synergies for Green Tires

In Mumbai, Aditya Birla Group subsidiary Birla Carbon has signed a joint development agreement with American Process to explore the synergistic use of nanocellulose...

Succinic acid shown to plump up baby pigs

In Canada, biobased succinic BioAmber says a joint commercial trial with an unnamed North American feed formulator has found that BioAmber’s BIO-SA is an...

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Corbion to build new PLA plant, exit FDCA

In the Netherlands, food ingredients and biobased products major Corbion disclosed its 2020-2025 strategy, which includes increasing investments in natural food preservation and lactic...

Sweetgreens upgrades compostable bowls after PFAS revelation

In California, to-go salad mainstay Sweetgreens is set to launch new compostable fiber bowls after its previous version was called out for containing perfluoroalkyl...

Service allows parents to mail back dirty diapers for composting

In Arizona, a compostable diaper company has launched a subscription service to send clean diapers to parents and receive return shipments of the used...