European Bioplastics supports European Parliament vote on plastic bags

In Germany, the European Parliament adopted a report to demonstrate its support for decisive action to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags in Europe. European Bioplastics supports the outcome of the vote and the corresponding provisions for compostable plastic carrier bags. François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics, commented: “We are very glad […]

April 22, 2014 More

Marrone Bio Innovations submits Grandevo bioinsecticide for Mexican registration

In California, Marrone Bio Innovations announced it has submitted Grandevo bioinsecticide for registration in Mexico. Grandevo controls a broad spectrum of insects and mites in a wide variety of agricultural crops. Upon registration, it will join Regalia Maxx biofungicide, the first MBI product registered in Mexico, in providing growers a high level of crop protection […]

April 22, 2014 More

A greener source of polyester: Cork trees

In Washington, the American Chemical Society reports that scientists are figuring out how to extract a natural, waterproof, antibacterial version of polyester from cork. Cristina Silva Pereira and colleagues explain that polyesters are ubiquitous in modern life, and not just as a practical fabric for clothing. Their durability and other traits make them ideal for […]

April 22, 2014 More

Oakbio and OSU awarded $500,000 grant to develop system for production of butanol and plastics from CO2

In California, Oakbio, a Sunnyvale, CA-based cleantech company, and The Ohio State University were awarded a $500,000 grant from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation of Alberta, Canada. The winning proposal submission was, “Conversion of industrial CO2 emissions into biofuels and chemicals.” A collaboration with Prof. F. Robert Tabita of The Ohio State University […]

April 22, 2014 More

IRRRB to consider investment in renewable biochemical company Segetis

In Minnesota, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board Commissioner Tony Sertich announced that the IRRR Board will meet in St. Paul to consider funding a major biochemical industry project. The board will consider $21.2 million in funding to Segetis, Inc. for the construction of a commercial-scale plant at the Laskin Energy Park in Hoyt Lakes, Minn. […]

April 22, 2014 More

USDA Announces $150 Million Investment Fund to Grow Small Businesses, Create Jobs in Rural America

In Iowa, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the creation of a new investment fund that will help propel the growth of small businesses across rural America. The new Rural Business Investment Company will now allow USDA to facilitate private equity investments in agriculture-related businesses. Currently, USDA programs exist to help provide loans or loan […]

April 22, 2014 More

Mereddian set to utility local canola oil to produce its biopolymer

In Georgia, privately held biopolymer manufacturer Meredian is utilizing a new cash crop to revolutionize their biopolymer production. Canola, which is local to Decatur county, has recently been selected by Meredian as the chief component of their process to produce pelletized raw material supply for manufacturing a wide range of completely biodegradable plastic products.  This canola […]

April 22, 2014 More

DSM puts first enzyme facility in China into operation

In China, the China Economic Net reports that DSM’s Yixing, Jiangsu Province enzyme facility into operation. The facility is DSM’s first in China, and will serve the baking, beer, juice and milk industries. The articles quotes Jiang Weiming, president of DSM China, as stating “It is a key effort DSM has made to show its […]

April 22, 2014 More

Sanofi launches Probi Digestis in Korea

In Sweden, Probi has signed a distribution and supply agreement with Sanofi. Following this the Consumer Healthcare division of Sanofi Korea is making a major launch of Probi´s gut health product, Probi Digestis starting in April 2014. Probi has already delivered products and received substantial orders for the coming quarters. Sanofi’s Consumer Healthcare division in […]

April 17, 2014 More

New technique will accelerate genetic characterization of photosynthesis

In California, Carnegie Institution for Science reports that a team including Carnegie’s Martin Jonikas has developed a highly sophisticated tool that will transform the work of plant geneticists by making large-scale genetic characterization of Chlamydomonas mutants possible for the first time. Their tool is a major step forward in the goal of identifying the genes […]

April 17, 2014 More