January 19, 2022
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Renewable Chemicals
MycoWorks is using $125 million raised in a Series C financing round to build a full-scale production plant in Union County, S.C., that's expected to employ 400 people. MycoWorks makes a leather alternative called Fine Mycelium from mushroom cells and agricultural byproducts in a carbon-negative process.
Full Story: Women's Wear Daily (1/13),  Innovation In Textiles (U.K.) (1/13) 
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Youyang Song, a textile designer from Berlin, has created a leather-alternative made from algae and fruit peels called Peelsphere. The plant-based material is made by extracting pectin and fiber from fruit waste and mixing it together before it is ground into smaller pieces using a bio-binder.
Full Story: Dezeen (1/12) 
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Advanced Biofuels
The Biden administration is considering reducing the proposed 15-million-gallon ethanol blending mandate for 2022 in response to pressure from refineries and unions, sources familiar with the matter said. The Environmental Protection Agency is looking forward "to reviewing the robust comments that we receive from all stakeholders before finalizing our rulemaking later this year," said EPA spokesperson Nick Conger.
Full Story: Reuters (1/13) 
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LanzaJet has received a $50 million investment from Microsoft, which will be used to build LanzaJet's Freedom Pines Fuels plant at Soperton, Georgia. "With Microsoft's support, this first plant significantly expands the production of sustainable fuels in the US, establishes Georgia as a leader in clean tech, and is the foundation for us as the first alcohol-to-jet sustainable fuels producer, and as a blueprint for the commercial plants we're developing globally," said LanzaJet CEO Jimmy Samartzis.
Full Story: Windows Central (1/13) 
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Synthetic Biology and CRISPR
Biotechnology helps make crops climate-resilient
Climate change has resulted in calamitous disruptions to overall food security and global agricultural production, but gene editing provides five ways to create climate resilience in crops, according to a study in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. Biotechnology helps enhance drought-tolerance, improves disease management, boosts yields, and helps weather soil salinity and fight weeds.
Full Story: Cornell Alliance for Science (Cornell University) (1/11) 
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Researchers from Brigham Young University have developed drought-resistant quinoa. "We can cross those wild, weedy relatives with quinoa to try to bring in new traits like heat tolerance, or drought tolerance, while keeping the good traits of quinoa like a big, white seed that the consumer wants," said David Jarvis, one of the researchers.
Full Story: KTVX-TV (Salt Lake City) (1/14) 
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Dedicated Feedstocks
Researchers from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology have created a plant-based coating for produce using cellulose extracted from pomace that was made from blended fruit and vegetable waste. "We've developed a process where we can extract the cellulose that is naturally contained in these vegetables that cannot otherwise be sold," said Gustav Nystrom, head of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology's cellulose and wood materials lab.
Full Story: Fast Company (tiered subscription model) (1/12) 
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