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Mutant corn gene boosts sugar in seeds, leaves, may lead to breeding better crop


An abnormal build up of carbohydrates -- sugars and starches -- in the kernels and leaves of a mutant line of corn can be traced to one misregulated gene, and that discovery offers clues about how the plant deals with stress. That is the conclusion of Penn State researchers whose previous study ...


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UBC chemist helps create new compostable coffee pod

Pods break down fully in 35 days in municipal composting


Dr. Zac Hudson believes your morning cup of coffee should be strong and guilt-free. That’s why the University of British Columbia scientist has spent the past three years creating a new fully compostable coffee pod with Surrey-based NEXE Innovations. “Every year more than 40 billion single-use ...


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New products from brewing by-products generated by Asahi Group

EMBION and ASAHI Group announce agreement for strategic collaboration


EMBION Technologies S.A. (“Embion”), industrial biotechnology and green chemistry innovator and Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. (“AGH”) and its R&D subsidiary company, Asahi Quality and Innovations Ltd. (“AQI”) will cooperate to develop and deliver new products by combining each partners’ expertise and ...


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New ways to recycle rice and sugarcane residues

TU Freiberg develops erosion control blankets, soil additiv


Recycling strategies for residues from agricultural production were developed by scientists from TU Bergakademie Freiberg, together with project partners in Vietnam and Germany. The use of rice straw and sugar cane bagasse in erosion control blankets is particularly promising. Moreover, the ...


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Chemical mix of harmful and unknown substances in plastic packaging


Research group PlastX detects more than a thousand chemicals in plastic products - three out of four products contain harmful substances. Plastic products are ubiquitous and indispensable in many areas of life, because they are versatile and practical. But are they harmless? The PlastX research ...


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How to feed the world by 2050?

Recent breakthrough boosts plant growth by 40 percent


One of the most significant challenges of the 21st Century is how to sustainably feed a growing and more affluent global population with less water and fertilizers on shrinking acreage, despite stagnating yields, threats of pests and disease, and a changing climate. Recent advances to address ...


More bioplastics do not necessarily contribute to climate change mitigation


Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. However, a recent study from the University of Bonn suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected. Specifically, an ...


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Key gene to accelerate sugarcane growth is identified


Despite international breeding efforts, advanced agronomy and effective management of pests and diseases, sugarcane yields have been static for decades owing to constraints on culm development. The culm's sugar storage capacity is physically limited, restricting the volume of sucrose and biomass ...


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