Category: Chems & Materials

Calysta produces lactic acid in NatureWorks partnership ahead of schedule

The Digest has heard from California that Calysta has successfully produced lactic acid – a key building block for industrial bioplastics – from methane at lab scale for NatureWorks. NatureWorks is one of the world’s largest makers of bioplastics – used worldwide for industrial and consumer products. Calysta uses natural gas as a feedstock to create […]

June 17, 2014 More

BioNitrogen Receives Final Engineering Feasibility Studies from the Casale Group

In Florida, BioNitrogen Holdings announced that the Casale Group has finished the engineering feasibility studies for its portion of BioNitrogen’s plants. The feasibility reports are detailed basic engineering packages that describe elements of the ammonia and urea plants such as design capacities, production outputs, process flow diagrams and equipment lists. It is the prerequisite information […]

January 15, 2014 More

Microalgae and aquatic plants can help to decrease radiopollution in the Fukushima area

In Japan, a research group led by Yoshihiro Shiraiwa of the University of Tsukuba identified seventeen microalgae, aquatic plants and algae that are able to efficiently remove radioactive cesium, iodine and strontium from the environment were identified. The research was conducted to deal with the The findings add to existing bioremedial options which could help […]

January 15, 2014 More

University of Bristol collaborates with Affymetrix on genotyping arrays for wheat

In California, Affymetrix and the UK’s University of Bristol announced that they have collaboratively designed a wheat genotyping array and analyzed data from experiments as part of an effort to understand wheat genetics and breeding with a goal of ensuring guaranteed sustainable production. Axiom Wheat Genotyping Array consists of 817,000 markers, was designed for the […]

January 14, 2014 More

Sirona Biochem announces collaboration with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, and Explore Green

In Canada, Sirona Biochem announced a collaboration with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, (respective son and grandson of Jacques Cousteau) and Explore Green LLC. Jean-Michel Cousteau and Fabien Cousteau will become Brand Ambassadors for Sirona Biochem and Explore Green will leverage its media, scientific and commercial contacts to broadcast our partnership’s alliance and goals. Sirona Biochem […]

January 14, 2014 More

Origin Agritech reports unaudited financial results for the year ended September 30, 2013

In China, Origin Agritech Limited announced unaudited financial results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013. The company reported an operating profit of RMB18.16 million, compared to a loss of RMB3.47 million in the same quarter of 2012. Total revenues for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013 were RMB481.69 million (US$77.30 million), a […]

January 13, 2014 More

RiceBran Technologies completes acquisition of H&N Distribution

In Arizona, RiceBran Technologies announced the completion of the acquisition of H&N Distribution January 2, 2014. H&N is a formulator and co-packer of products for the direct marketing, internet sales and retail distribution markets both domestically and internationally, serving the natural products, nutritional supplement, and nutraceutical and functional food sectors. The acquisition and integration of […]

January 13, 2014 More

Aphios granted US Patent for pretreating cellulosic biomass to manufacture biofuels and biochemicals

In Massachusetts, Aphios Corporation announced that it was granted United States Patent No. 8,540,847 entitled “Methods and Apparatus for Processing Cellulosic Biomass” for its Aosic enabling technology platform. In the Aosic process, biomass is contacted with SuperFluids such as carbon dioxide with or without small quantities of polar cosolvents such as ethanol, both sourced from […]

January 12, 2014 More

Monsanto reports net income of $368 million for first quarter of 2013

In Missouri, Monsanto reported on track results for the first quarter of its fiscal year as the company reaffirmed its earnings growth and free cash flow guidance for fiscal year 2014. For Q1, Monsanto reported a net income of $368 million, compared to $339 million for the same quarter in 2013. Monsanto also confirmed its […]

January 12, 2014 More

OriginOil Licenses Technology for Hydroponics in East Asia

In California, OriginOil announced it has agreed to supply its water management solutions to a new East Asian hydroponics venture backed by Orix Corp., Japan’s largest financial services and leasing company. Orca Vision, Japanese eco-solutions provider with sales in Japan, South Korea and China and a manufacturing facility in South Korea, will implement OriginOil’s EWS […]

January 9, 2014 More