Sandra Pascoe Ortiz, a researcher at the University of the Valley of Atemajac in Mexico, has created a non-toxic, biodegradable plastic made from cactus juice and other renewable ingredients. "All the materials we use can be ingested both by humans or animals. And they wouldn't cause any harm," said Ortiz.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is seeking comments on DuPont Industrial Bioscience's application for the use of enzyme pullulanase, derived from a biotech strain of Bacillus licheniformis, in brewing and production of starch.
A final version of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal for the 2020-2021 biofuel mandate will be released on Nov. 30, said EPA spokesman Ken Labbe. The 2020 biodiesel requirement is set at 2.43 billion gallons, up from 2.1 billion gallons this year.
Ethanol leaders met with President Donald Trump in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Tuesday to thank him for allowing year-round sales of E15 gasoline and express concern that the Environmental Protection Agency continues to grant small refinery exemptions. The expansion of E15 could help control the country's imported oil dependence by as much as 250 million barrels/year and "it means more energy, and what can be wrong with that? And it's very good energy," President Donald Trump said.
Neste and AirBP have partnered to provide a sustainable alternative jet fuel refueling option to a number of airports operated by Swedavia. Neste produced the aviation fuel, which comes from renewable waste and residues, while AirBP handles the supply.
United Airlines on Wednesday offered a look into the future of environmentally friendly air travel to passengers on a regularly scheduled flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport that was powered in part with biofuel and featured waste-free cabin service using plastic-free utensils made with compostable and recyclable products, including bamboo. BIO CEO and president Jim Greenwood said in a statement, "United's Flight for the Planet is a perfect example of how industrial biotechnology is reducing society's carbon footprint and paving the way for sustainable travel."
Scientists are working on long-term solutions to address huanglongbing (HLB), a disease also known as citrus greening that has already spread in Florida, Brazil and China, as growers take measures to protect uninfected citrus trees from getting infected. University of Florida's Nian Wang intends to develop trees that can protect itself from the HLB infection-causing microbe CandidatusLiberibacter asiaticus by mutating at least one of the trees' HLB-susceptibility genes using the CRISPR gene-editing tool.
Kenyan farmers are keeping their businesses alive in the midst of drought by using water pumps that use cotton seed-based biodiesel as fuel. Zaynagro Industries, based in Kitui, Kenya, has been providing the irrigation systems since 2015 through installment payment plans and has accepted investments from more than 1,200 farmers.