Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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GRDG Sciences and Chemia kill COVID-19 virus with orchid-derived 3F Biofragrance

GRDG Sciences and Chemia kill COVID-19 virus with orchid-derived 3F Biofragrance

July 5, 2020 |

In Florida, where Covid-19 cases are rising, GRDG Sciences said their 3F Biofragrance made with orchids and developed in partnership with Chemia Corporation, was successful at killing SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. Orchids contain unique chemical compounds that can block viral and bacterial infectivity in humans.  The team closely examined 235 orchids from […]

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Greening your beer with brewery’s CO2 eating algae, blockchain tracing, converting brewery waste into detergents and more

Greening your beer with brewery’s CO2 eating algae, blockchain tracing, converting brewery waste into detergents and more

July 5, 2020 |

As alcohol consumption keeps rising – thanks in part due to 4th of July celebrations, Covid-19 and quarantines, a struggling economy, and the start of summer for many countries – how do we compensate for the brewing process carbon footprint? One way is to just drink enough alcohol that you end up not caring. But […]

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Top 10 Top Stories of 2020 so far

Top 10 Top Stories of 2020 so far

July 1, 2020 |

2020 has been anything but smooth sailing. COVID-19 has created waves around the world and it shows with a few of The Digest’s most popular stories relating to the ‘Rona Cyclona like a story about ethanol production pivoting to hand sanitizer – but some of the other Top 10 stories of 2020 so far may […]

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Save the rainforests, use degraded land AND produce fuel and food? Soleá looks at how Macaúba could solve many problems

Save the rainforests, use degraded land AND produce fuel and food? Soleá looks at how Macaúba could solve many problems

June 28, 2020 |

What can you do with crappy land? Land that deals with long periods of drought, or that is so degraded not much can grow on it, or that has been deforested and needs to bring back life and wildlife into it. How can Macaúba help? Macaúba is known for its high productivity and adaptability to […]

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NREL researchers say answer to energy storage problem could by hydrogen

NREL researchers say answer to energy storage problem could by hydrogen

June 28, 2020 |

In Colorado, an analysis from NREL researchers suggests hydrogen has the greatest potential among technologies for seasonal energy storage in the future. They developed a multi-model approach that considers both the estimated cost and value of storage technologies in determining cost-competitiveness. They analyzed 80 scenarios involving hydrogen, pumped hydro, and compressed air in making their […]

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Brazilian carbon credit first trade at near $10/CBIO, RenovaBio’s public consultation period open til July 4

Brazilian carbon credit first trade at near $10/CBIO, RenovaBio’s public consultation period open til July 4

June 28, 2020 |

In Brazil, S&P Global Platts reports that the new Brazilian carbon credit, called CBIOs, had their first trade of 100 units at a cost of Real 50/CBIO ($10/CBIO), in which the Datagro Conference company was the buyer and an ethanol producer Adecoagro was the seller. Brazil´s Minister of Mines and Energy released the proposal to […]

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Pluton Biosciences selected for Global Illumina Accelerator

Pluton Biosciences selected for Global Illumina Accelerator

June 28, 2020 |

In Missouri, Pluton Biosciences, a microbial testing and discovery research company dedicated to finding unique microbes to replace synthetic chemical applications in agriculture and pest control with eco-friendly natural products, was chosen for Illumina Accelerator, which partners with global entrepreneurs to build breakthrough genomics startups. Pluton uses Micromining, its high-throughput microbial discovery platform, to identify […]

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Biodiesel demand and prices pick back up in May

Biodiesel demand and prices pick back up in May

June 28, 2020 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that demand for biodiesel picked up and prices climbed, drought and harvest concerns paralyzed the rapeseed business, and vegetable oils consistently firmed in May, driven by rising fuel consumption. German rapeseed imports dropped significantly in March, U.S. soybean prices lacked clear orientation; abundant supply from, South America and favorable US crop […]

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Cellink granted patent for 3D bioprinter and 3D bioprinter system from Swedish patent office

Cellink granted patent for 3D bioprinter and 3D bioprinter system from Swedish patent office

June 28, 2020 |

In Massachusetts, Cellink, the company that commercialized the world’s first bioink, was granted a patent for “3D bioprinter and a 3D bioprinter system” from The Swedish Patent and Registration Office. “CELLINK has been granted a patent for its unique intelligent printhead bioprinting technology enabling our bioprinting users to easily exchange and utilize their printhead and […]

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$112M awarded to DTU Biosustain for biochem and cell work

$112M awarded to DTU Biosustain for biochem and cell work

June 28, 2020 |

In Denmark, the country’s largest foundation, The Novo Nordisk Foundation, awarded a grant of about $112 million (EUR 100 million) to DTU Biosustain, to continue its research activities and focusing on three main areas: sustainable chemicals, bio-based products and microbial foods and feed ingredients. The new funding period runs from 1 January 2021 to 31 […]

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