Industrial biotechnology news
Scientists and businesses from the UK and India are joining forces to combat global challenges through two new collaborative research and development programmes. The two programmes, worth over £15 million, aim to tackle the reduction and repurposing of industrial waste, and improve and increase pulse and oilseed crop productivity.
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.