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Experts from the University of Nottingham have created a self-sustaining circuit of reactions which is a greener and more efficient method of chemical production. In their paper 'Self-sustaining closed-loop multienzyme mediated conversion of amines into alcohols in continuous reactions', published in Nature Catalysis, Dr Francesca Paradisi and Dr Martina Contente of the University of Nottingham produce chemicals more efficiently through a looped set of reactions using enzymes in flow.

Scientists have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics, providing a potential solution to one of the world’s biggest environmental problems. The discovery could result in a recycling solution for millions of tonnes of plastic bottles, made of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which currently persists for hundreds of years in the environment.

A computer model, called BEEHAVE, developed to help gain a better understanding of the causes of bee declines, is now being recommend to industry users to assess threats to bees. The model has been developed by Professor Juliet Osborne and colleagues at the University of Exeter.