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BIOPRODUCTS UPDATE

An origami design helps this robot lift delicate and heavy cargo

March 15, 2019

The new soft gripper can easily pick up an apple, rubber ducky, electric drill and more


Biosolvents solving challenges from dry cleaning to biofuel production

March 15, 2019

Biobased solvents are on the rise with more demand for them now than ever before. What used to be an alternative to petroleum-based solvents, biosolvents are now looked at as an environmental win-win as well as a win for better performance and safety with lower toxicity issues.


Converting biomass by applying mechanical force

March 15, 2019

Nanoscientists have succeeded in demonstrating a new reaction mechanism to cleave cellulose efficiently. This new reaction could lead to an efficient, environmentally friendly and cost-effective process for the conversion of biomass.


Data Becomes Cash Crop for Big Agriculture

March 15, 2019

Industry giants are harvesting info such as soil quality, yields, and fertilizer use from thousands of farms.


Engineered microbe may be key to producing plastic from plants

March 15, 2019

With a few genetic tweaks, a type of soil bacteria with an appetite for hydrocarbons shows promise as a biological factory for converting a renewable -- but frustratingly untapped -- bounty into a replacement for ubiquitous plastics.


Gene-edited foods: Coming soon, but will consumers bite?

March 15, 2019

How shoppers react to the next generation of biotech foods could come down to PR


Gene-edited soybean oil debuts in Midwestern US restaurants

March 15, 2019

The Calyxt soybeans have been modified to produce a high oleic oil with no trans fats and less saturated fat. The company says they are more heart-healthy and longer shelf life in a statement.


One tiny step for a nematode, one big step toward sustainable agriculture in space

March 15, 2019

The upcoming ISS mission represents a look into the future where food crops will be grown in space. The experiment will test the movement and infection behavior of beneficial nematodes (also called entomopathogenic nematodes or EPNs) that control a wide array of insect pests in agriculture.


Open data needed to address ag problems

March 15, 2019

Next generation of agricultural problem solving will require big science and linkages forged across data sets and disciplines.


Waste eggshells repurposed as sustainable energy storage

March 15, 2019

An international team of researchers discovered the promising electrochemical properties of chicken eggshells, which are able to store lithium thanks to their large proportion of calcium carbonate.