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BIOPRODUCTS UPDATE

Beyond Meat's Epic IPO, opens trading with $1.5B valuation

May 10, 2019

An overview of Beyond Meat's business, the IPO, 170% growth rate, the new $35 billion sector, the surge in demand for alternatives, the products, the manufacturing investment, their growth strategy, and more


Cryptic mutation is cautionary tale for crop gene editing

May 10, 2019

Unexpected interactions between mutations can be a thorn in the side for plant breeders. Scientists unveil what drove one infamous 'cryptic' mutation


Healthful oils from GM plant as effective as fish oil

May 10, 2019

Researchers tested if the GM camelina oil is as good as fish oil in providing fatty acids in human diet. The findings show that there was no difference in the uptake of these fatty acids from the meal or the body processing these fats.


How Do You Like Your Eggs? addressing food waste and overconsumption

May 10, 2019

Function and material unite as Stittgen turns discarded eggs into a series of golden-hued bioplastic egg cups and saucers, patterned with flecks of the broken shells.


IBM, Yara International announce digital platform to optimize crop production for individual farms

May 10, 2019

The joint global digital farming platform will apply artificial intelligence, machine learning, and in-field data to unlock new insights for farmers. The digital platform will have worldwide coverage and aspires to reach 247 million acres of farmland.close to 7 percent of all arable land worldwide


Japanese Company Improves Bioplastic with Nanocellulose

May 10, 2019

One of the hurdles that comes with the development of new bioplastics has been the lack of mechanical strength compared to traditional plastic.


Researchers discover natural pest control method for wheat crops

May 10, 2019

A study found wheat crop-destroying nematodes can be killed by drenching a plant in a biostimulant solution derived from naturally occurring bacteria found in soil. Their method led to a plant survival rate of up to 92% and a nematode infestation level reduction of up to 83%, compared with growing plants without biostimulants.


Sensor can detect spoiled milk before opening

May 10, 2019

Expiration dates on milk could eventually become a thing of the past with new sensor technology.


These biosolar panels suck CO2 from the air to grow edible algae

May 10, 2019

In London, scientists are testing the BioSolar Leaf, which uses carbon-hungry organisms to help clean the air better than trees canall while providing an excellent source of protein.


Vegetable oil could lead to commercial epoxy resins

May 10, 2019

Researchers are studying epoxy resins derived from vegetable oils to solve the problem of variability in feedstock and make adhesive production economically viable. They are also developing a novel process that uses enzymes rather than petrochemicals to process the oils.