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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 84, March 2019

Category: feedstocks
Published: 14/03/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


In many minds the term ‘bioeconomy’ is most readily associated with plants: they are, in an overwhelming majority of circumstances, the feedstocks from which bioeconomy processes are derived. However, many of the applications derived for biobased products and processes are inspired by other living things. The chief players here tend to be microbes, whose metabolic processes often serve as the inspiration for processes to add significant value to biomass, while delivering on real needs in the chemical and materials sectors. This month’s feature story concerns precisely such a development (of particular interest to this author because it concerns beetles – his dissertation model organism) wherein researchers have potentially discovered a new approach to lignocellulosic biorefining by mimicking conditions found in the gut flora of a common American beetle. This beetle is able to efficiently digest woody biomass and derive all of its required nutrition from it, despite the complex chemical processes required to break down lignin. The beetle achieves this by.........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • UK government consults on waste management
  • Under European Commission ILUC directive, only palm is high risk
  • UK to consult on post-Brexit carbon trading​


  • Despite interest, industrial algae remain unexploited
  • Cannabis waste to be used for textiles

Research & Development

  • Beetle gut discovered to be natural biorefinery
  • Discarded cocoa pods as bioenergy feedstocks​

Wood & Crop

  • Drax pellet production up 64%
  • Metsä renews sustainability goals
  • Trunks from palm plantations used as chemical feedstock
  • Natureworks to have 100% certified sustainable feedstock by 2020
  • Investment for Canadian biomass research cluster
  • Geminor acquires Norwegian wood chips producer​

Other Feedstocks

  • Aimplas lab cleared to test for OK Compost certification
  • Shell joins Waste-to-Chemicals consortium


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