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BIOPRODUCTS UPDATE

Articles posted September 9th 2019
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A holistic approach: EU-backed project taps microbiome to optimise food production

September 30, 2019

An EU-funded initiative is harnessing the power of the microbiome to optimise the food production system. The project aims to match the right food additives to the correct animals starting with salmon and chicken for maximum output.


Bioplastic made from fish waste reels in UK Dyson Award

September 30, 2019

MarinaTex uses organic fish waste ordinarily destined for landfill or incineration and locally sourced red algae to bind together the fish proteins. The biodegradable material is resource-light and requires little energy and temperatures under 100 degrees to be produced.


Birds fed a common pesticide lost weight rapidly and had migration delays

September 30, 2019

Neonicotinoid insecticides have previously been implicated in declining bee populations


Danish researchers harness natural enemies of bacteria for pathogen control

September 30, 2019

Danish scientists have developed an approach to pathogen control that harnesses the natural enemies of bacteria: bacteriophages.


Harnessing tomato jumping genes could help speed-breed drought-resistant crops

September 30, 2019

Once dismissed as 'junk DNA' that served no purpose, a family of 'jumping genes' found in tomatoes has the potential to accelerate crop breeding for traits such as improved drought resistance.


Soap from straw: Scientists develop eco friendly ingredient from agricultural waste

September 30, 2019

The study shows that biosurfactants could be a potential alternative for the synthetic surfactant molecules, with a market value of $US2.8 billion in 2023.


Soil microbes play a key role in plant disease resistance

September 30, 2019

The research has opened up the possibility in the future that bacteria could be used as 'soil probiotics' to protect plants from pathogens.


Sustainable dyes and fabrics created through synthetic biology

September 30, 2019

The fashion industry is responsible for 10 percent of global carbon emissions; that is more than air and sea transport combined. The solution may be coming from the biotech field.


Tractor overturn prediction using a bouncing ball model could save the lives of farmers

September 30, 2019

Overturning tractors are the leading cause of death for farmers around the world. Researchers have developed a model for understanding the conditions that lead to a tractor overturning from an unlikely source: They based their model on one used to understand the unpredictability of a bouncing ball.


Using Farmland to Address Climate Change

September 30, 2019

The Terraton Project hopes to harness natural processes to pull more carbon out of the air and make soil more productive