Bio-based polymers production capacity will triple from 5.2 million tonnes in 2013 to nearly 16.9 million tonnes in 2020

In Germany, nova-Institute is set to publish a complete update to their 2013 comprehensive market study of bio-based polymers. The update will be available in 2015. The development and the annual growth rate of production capacityfor bio-based polymers (between 10-20% CAGR) is impressive in comparison to petrochemical plastics (between 3-4% CAGR). The study looks at every kind […]

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Rivertop Renewables begins construction of commercial plant

In Montana, Rivertop Renewables has begun construction of its first commercial plant, located at DanChem Technologiesfacility in Danville, Virginia. DTI, a custom manufacturer of fine and specialty chemical products, is expected to begin production of Rivertop’s sustainable, high performing, cost-competitive, glucaric acid-derived products beginning in the summer of 2015. At full capacity, the plant will […]

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Global Bionergies produces bio-sourced propylene

In France, Global Bioenergies announced it has successfully produced  bio-sourced propylene by direct fermentation. It is the first time ever an entirely biological production process – i.e. without any chemical step – is reported for propylene, a central building block for the manufacturing of plastics. Thomas Buhl, Head of Business Development at Global Bioenergies comments: […]

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AgBiome announces product development partnership with Syngenta

In North Carolina, AgBiome announced a research partnership with Syngenta Biotechnology to discover and develop novel, high-value trait products for protection of specific crops. Under the terms of this partnership, Syngenta funds a multi-year discovery research program at AgBiome and will select potential development candidates in its field and crop of interest based on successful […]

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Monsanto announces quarterly dividend

In Missouri, Monsanto announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend on its common stock of 49 cents per share. The dividend is payable on Jan. 30, 2015 to shareowners of record on Jan. 9, 2015. It relates to the first quarter of the company’s 2015 fiscal year. Monsanto’s capital allocation approach revolves […]

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Koch Agronomic Services acquires biological research business of Mendel Biotechnology

In Kansas and California, a  subsidiary of Koch Agronomic Services announced that it has purchased the biological research and development business of Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. The business will operate as Mendel Biological Solutions and will continue to be based in Hayward, Calif. Mendel’s biological research and development team focuses on biological crop solutions which increase […]

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Emery Oleochemicals’ natural-based solutions designed to safeguard the future of bees, credited as ‘Non-toxic’

In Ohio, Emery Oleochemicals, through a recently completed evaluation by an independent testing laboratory, has concluded that the range of fatty acids offered as part of the EMERION 7000 and 8000 series are non-toxic and pollinator-friendly. The EMERION 7000 product in itself, currently available in the marketplace, consists of ammonium nonanoate; and has been designed […]

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Axiom Foods’ Oryzatein becomes first rice protein ever to earn GRAS approval

In California, Axiom Food’s Oryzatein has become the very first brown rice protein to be granted GRAS approval. The approval was granted for the use of the plant-based protein as a high quality, allergen-friendly protein in food grade products as both replacements for, and in conjunction with, soy and whey protein. Oryzatein is used in […]

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Dekalb Sorghum Provides Tolerance Against Sugarcane Aphids

In Missouri, Monsanto announced that a third-party evaluation performed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Stillwater, Okla., has confirmed that two DEKALB Sorghum products, DKS37-07 variety & PULSAR brand, exhibit a high level of  genetic tolerance to the sugarcane aphid. In the screening evaluation, both products showed extremely low levels of chlorotic damage from […]

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UPC, Myriant and Sojitz Jointly Develop Bio-succinic Acid Based Plasticizers

In Massachusetts, Myriant Corporation announced it has formed a three-way joint development agreement with UPC and Sojitz to promote bio-succinic acid based plasticizers. UPC Group, the global leading producer of plasticizers, will utilize Myriant’s bio-succinic acid in the manufacture of bio-based, phthalate-free plasticizers. Simultaneously, the companies announced that Sojitz Corporation, Myriant’s sales and marketing partner, […]

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