Members of the Biofuture Platform, which includes 20 countries, signed the Scaling Up the Low Carbon Bioeconomy declaration at the UN Climate Change Conference to help advance the worldwide bioeconomy. Achieving the goals set out in the Paris Agreement would be impossible without expanding the bioeconomy and boosting the use of sustainable biofuels, said the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency, both Biofuture Platform members.
Clean technology firm bio-bean and Royal Dutch Shell will use waste coffee grounds to produce biofuel to power buses in London. "It's a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource," said bio-bean founder Arthur Kay.
RPC MandH and Braskem will produce packaging made from ethanol-based bioplastic sourced from sugarcane for men's cosmetic brand Bulldog. "Bulldog is proud to be the first men's skincare brand in the world to use plastic from sugarcane in our packaging," said Bulldog Skincare For Men founder Simon Duffy.
A hearing on CRISPR genome editing held by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions focused on ethical and regulatory concerns surrounding the technology. "Protecting the rights of research participants will only strengthen the work of the scientists and the biotech companies who are doing such exciting work in gene editing," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
Scientists in New Zealand are mulling the use of gene drive technology to cut the country's pest population, including mice, possums and rats, according to a study in the journal PLOS Biology. "The bottom line is that making a standard, self-propagating CRISPR-based gene drive system is likely equivalent to creating a new, highly invasive species -- both will likely spread to any ecosystem in which they are viable, possibly causing ecological change," said Kevin Esvelt from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Wilmar International has finalized a deal to acquire Cargill's edible oil facilities in Kuantan, Malaysia, by the end of 2018. The purchase includes a palm oil refinery and a storage facility.
TerraVia's algae products will help Corbion expand its antimicrobial meat ingredient and bakery ingredient segments and bring down the cost of algae-based ingredients to compete with palm kernel oil, says Corbion CEO Tjerk de Ruiter. "This technology will replace specific fractions of palm kernel that are much higher valued," says de Ruiter.
Researchers have discovered a positive connection between moderate fish consumption during pregnancy and language and communication skills in young children, which disappears with increased seafood intake. This indicates that for higher intake, the effects of mercury begin to outweigh the beneficial effects of the seafood, the researchers said.
Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids -- including linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, gamma-linolenic acid and dihomo-γ-linolenic acid -- show no association with low-grade inflammation in men between the ages of 42 and 60, according to a data review. "In contrast, the main n-6 PUFA, LA, had a strong inverse association with the key inflammation marker, CRP," wrote lead author Jyrki Virtanen.
BASF is partnering with Diem Labs to produce a "first-to-the-market" medical food product in the US. It is aimed at patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and was developed in BASF's business unit that deals with omega-3 chemistry.