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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 108, March 2021

Category: biobased
Published: 04/03/2021
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


At a time in which finding renewable alternatives to fossil-derived goods is becoming an urgent priority, metabolic engineering is arising as a promising tool. The technology allows valuable chemical compounds to be produced by engineered strains of microorganisms, therefore reducing the need for fossil-resources to produce products or fuels. An added benefit of this technology is the ability to valorise biogenic wastes or agricultural or forestry residues i.e. lignocellulosic biomass.

The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is widely used in fermentation processes. Having been a extensively studied, its genome and characteristics are well known, making it an ideal candidate for genetic engineering. It is also easy to grow and does not require extreme environmental conditions to thrive...

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Commission gives the green light to the successor of BBI JU


  • London Stock Exchange welcomes Cellular Goods to the Main Market
  • Lygos Joins Forces with Flexible Solutions to Meet Growing Commercial Demand for Bio-Aspartic™ Acid
  • Bemis Associates Partners with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products to Launch First Sewfree® Product

Research & Development

  • Bio-based Materials for Microwave Devices: A Review
  • Biome Bioplastics successfully completes feasibility phase of biodegradable tree shelter project
  • Metabolic engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for the production of top value chemicals


  • Global sustainability record for functional textiles: 25% bio-based material in all membranes
  • Versalis: new certified product range for sustainability
  • More...


  • Sustainable aerogels derived from bio-based 2,5-diformylfuran and depolymerization products of lignin
  • Techno-economic assessment of one-stage furfural and cellulosic ethanol co-production from sugarcane bagasse
  • More...

Consumer Products

  • T&T Eco launches environmentally friendly degreasers and bio-based solvents
  • Coca‑Cola in Europe takes its paper bottle prototype to trial in Hungary
  • Ahlstrom- Munksjö's new product portfolio offers a full suite of fabrics for medical and civil use face masks



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