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BIOPRODUCTS UPDATE

Articles posted October 28th 2019
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A crop that feeds billions freed from blight by CRISPR

November 11, 2019

Bacteria that infect rice are thwarted by changes to rice genes involved in sugar transport.


Biofoundries manufacture materials based on nature, DNA

November 11, 2019

Engineering biology takes natural building processes and expands upon them by turning cells into miniature factories that can produce large quantities of materials such as spider silk and chemicals. The cells can be streamlined at biofoundries that design and assemble DNA parts using the Design-Build-Test-Learn cycle.


Bioprinting: Living cells in a 3D printer

November 11, 2019

A high-resolution bioprinting process has been developed: Cells can now be embedded in a 3D matrix printed with micrometer precision -- at a printing speed of one meter per second, orders of magnitude faster than previously possible.


Blockchain offers promise for securing global supply chain

November 11, 2019

Blockchain technology has the potential to transform the global supply chain and improve both the speed and security of handling the flow of goods at international borders. But researchers say big questions remain about how the transformation will unfold.


Designer uses algae-derived plastic to develop raincoat

November 11, 2019

A Rhode Island School of Design student has developed a raincoat out of biopolymers made entirely of large-celled algae and coated with a plant-based waterproofing wax. "All of the threads and fasteners that bring the jacket together are also fossil-carbon-free," said the designer


Genetic tweak doubles yields of sorghum

November 11, 2019

Plant scientists, in their search for solutions to global food production challenges, have doubled the amount of grains that a sorghum plant can yield by lowering the amount of jasmonic acid, a hormone that controls the development of seeds and flowers.


Origin of deadly wheat pathogen revealed

November 11, 2019

A team of researchers has uncovered the basis of stem rust pathogen Ug99's wide virulence, attacking a direct threat to the world wheat supply.


Scientists enhance color and texture of cultured meat

November 11, 2019

Researchers found that the addition of the iron-carrying protein myoglobin improves the growth, texture and color of bovine muscle grown from cells in culture. This development is a step toward the ultimate goal of growing meat from livestock animal cells for human consumption.


Study shows pig farmers improving their environmental footprint

November 11, 2019

Data gathered from more than 106,000 samples at 182 North Carolina farms show significant reductions in ammonia levels and manure nutrient content. The improvements are attributed to gains in feed efficiency, which means it takes less feed to raise a pig.