Tag: microbes

Scientists use specialized microbes to convert pine needles into ethanol

Scientists use specialized microbes to convert pine needles into ethanol

September 26, 2021 |

In India, Tribune India reports that scientists at Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry devised a method employing micro-organisms to break down pine needles into ethanol. Pine needles are often a source of forest fires in India causing huge losses every year. The scientists of the Department of Basic Sciences had been on […]

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NovoNutrients scaling up with project funding plus $9M in equity

NovoNutrients scaling up with project funding plus $9M in equity

August 1, 2021 |

In California, NovoNutrients, an alternative proteins company that uses industrial carbon dioxide emissions, cheap hydrogen and naturally occurring microbes to create high-grade proteins for human and animal consumption, announced a $4.7 million raise led by Hong Kong-based global venture firm, Happiness Capital. NovoNutrients previously raised $4.3 million in venture backing, as well as a multiple […]

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PNNL researchers study plant material that offers clues for making sustainable bioproducts

PNNL researchers study plant material that offers clues for making sustainable bioproducts

August 1, 2021 |

In Washington, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers are forming a clearer picture of how plant matter is transformed in the microbial gardens the ants create. This detailed understanding of how fungus degrades biomass could one day help scientists develop microbial systems for sustainable bioproduct production, such as biofuels or renewable chemicals. In the latest of […]

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Bio-beds for the Olympics, Bolt Threads boost, microbes, leather alternatives, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 15th

Bio-beds for the Olympics, Bolt Threads boost, microbes, leather alternatives, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 15th

July 14, 2021 |

With the Olympics starting next week, we are hearing about biobased innovations taking place in this much anticipated and COVID-disrupted Olympic Games in Japan, like the 18,000 cardboard bedframes and polyethylene fiber mattresses that can be recycled infinitely. Bolt Threads also got a boost this week with Lululemon partnering up with them or mushroom-based yoga […]

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University of Delaware researchers look to microbes to convert CO into chemicals

University of Delaware researchers look to microbes to convert CO into chemicals

June 22, 2021 |

In Delaware, in the quest to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere and curb climate change, University of Delaware researchers are turning to an interesting ally: bacteria that consume biomass sugars and CO2. With a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), researchers developing a system to produce […]

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I Got 99 Problems but Product vs. Platform ain’t one: Introducing Microbes-as-a-Service

I Got 99 Problems but Product vs. Platform ain’t one: Introducing Microbes-as-a-Service

May 12, 2021 |

By Moji Karimi, CEO, Cemvita Factory Special to The Digest Any SynBio (synthetic biology) company is faced with three principal questions right off the bat: 1. Product or platform? A) Product: develop the microbe, build the plant, and sell the product. The end molecule is the revenue source B) Platform: develop the microbe and commercialize […]

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EPA Seeking Comments on Updated Plant Biostimulants Guidance

EPA Seeking Comments on Updated Plant Biostimulants Guidance

November 29, 2020 |

In Kansas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting comments on an updated Draft Guidance for Plant Regulators and Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants that contain naturally occurring substances and microbes. “Plant biostimulants are increasingly being used by farmers to increase agriculture productivity,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention […]

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Biotalys biobacteriacides, biofungicides, ag biosolutions tackle 2 birds with 1 stone

Biotalys biobacteriacides, biofungicides, ag biosolutions tackle 2 birds with 1 stone

November 15, 2020 |

Biotalys is transforming food protection with unique protein-based biocontrol solutions, tackling two birds with one stone – reducing food waste and driving the sustainability of food production. But how? And why should we care? In today’s Digest, how Biotalys is creating nature-based protein products that protect food, ensure a safe, sustainable food supply, and reduce […]

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Exclusive Digest Q&A with ADM on Spiber Brewed Protein, biopolymers, partnership

Exclusive Digest Q&A with ADM on Spiber Brewed Protein, biopolymers, partnership

November 9, 2020 |

As reported in The Digest recently, ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) and Japan-based Spiber partnered up to expand production of biobased polymers, called Brewed Protein polymers, produced through a fermentation process that utilizes sugars and microbes instead of petrochemical or animal-derived raw materials, for use in apparel, auto parts, high-performance foams, and other consumer products. In […]

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Pluton Biosciences launches updated services for microbial testing division

Pluton Biosciences launches updated services for microbial testing division

September 27, 2020 |

In Missouri, Pluton Biosciences launched a new website, branding and updated services for its microbial testing division, Microbe Inotech Laboratories. Pluton Biosciences acquired the 29-year-old laboratory, which provides environmental pathogen testing and identification, at the start of 2020. Testing services featured on Microbe Inotech’s new website include: Water Quality – Testing water samples for pathogens […]

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