Company engineers plants for better bioplastics

08/6/2013 | Gizmag

Genetic modification that adds carbon and an enhanced photosynthetic system are the goals of Metabolix's metabolic engineering of switchgrass to create a biodegradable polymer extracted directly from the plant. Resulting bioplastics would be able to substitute for equivalent oil-based products and be carbon neutral, or perhaps carbon negative, according to Metabolix co-founder Olly Peoples.

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