Navigation Links
Soybeans a source of valuable chemical
Date:12/19/2012

The humble soybean could become an inexpensive new source of a widely used chemical for plastics, textiles, drugs, solvents and as a food additive.

Succinic acid, traditionally drawn from petroleum, is one focus of research by Rice chemists George Bennett and Ka-Yiu San. In 2004, the Department of Energy named succinic acid one of 12 "platform" chemicals that could be produced from sugars by biological means and turned into high-value materials.

Several years ago, Rice patented a process by Bennett and San for the bio-based production of succinic acid that employed genetically modified E. coli bacteria to convert glucose into succinic acid in a way that would be competitive with petroleum-based production.

The new succinate process developed by Bennett, San and Chandresh Thakker and reported recently in Bioresource Technology promises to make even better use of a cheap and plentiful feedstock, primarily the indigestible parts of the soybean.

"We are trying to find a cheaper, renewable raw material to start with so the end product will be more profitable," said Thakker, a research scientist in the Bennett lab at Rice's BioScience Research Collaborative and lead author of the study. "The challenge has been to make this biomass process cost-competitive with the petrochemical methods people have been using for many years."

Bennett feels they have done that with soybean-derived feedstock as an inexpensive source of the carbon that microorganisms digest to produce the desired chemical via fermentation. "A lot of people use plant oils for cooking corn or soybean or canola -- instead of lard, as they did in the old days," he said. "The oils are among the main products of these seeds. Another product is protein, which is used as a high-quality food.

"What's left over is indigestible fiber and small carbohydrates," said Bennett, Rice's E. Dell Butcher Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. "It'
'/>"/>

Contact: David Ruth
david@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Soybeans susceptible to man-made materials in soil
2. Lyncean Technologies Inc. sells Compact Light Source to Munich biomedical-imaging research center
3. New test adds to scientists understanding of Earths history, resources
4. Stanford geoscientist cites critical need for basic research to unleash promising energy sources
5. Study IDs kerosene lamps as big source of black carbon
6. Water resources management and policy in a changing world: Where do we go from here?
7. Barrow scientists discover ways to optimize light sources for vision
8. Study identifies prime source of ocean methane
9. A new energy source: Major advance made in generating electricity from wastewater
10. New Genetics educational resource promotes active learning
11. Diseased trees new source of climate gas
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/22/2014)... SHELTON, Conn. , Dec. 22, 2014  NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... a biometric authentication company focused on the growing mobile commerce ... consultant, Apollo Robbins for the 2015 International CES ... Apollo Robbins will be at the NXT-ID booth ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... , Dec. 18, 2014  23andMe, Inc., the leading personal genetics ... fine-scale differences in genetic ancestry of individuals from across ... first arrived more than four hundred years ago, ... place for peoples from different continents. This study illuminates how ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... Valencell, a leader in performance biometric data sensor ... leaders such as Intel, Jabra, Atlas, and Scosche to ... These products will be showcased at CES 2015, taking ... . "Our partners choose PerformTek biometrics, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NXT-ID Hires Master Pickpocket and Security Consultant Apollo Robbins for Wocket Smart Wallet CES 2015 Debut 2NXT-ID Hires Master Pickpocket and Security Consultant Apollo Robbins for Wocket Smart Wallet CES 2015 Debut 3NXT-ID Hires Master Pickpocket and Security Consultant Apollo Robbins for Wocket Smart Wallet CES 2015 Debut 423andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 223andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 323andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 4Valencell PerformTek Biometrics Power the Most Accurate Wearables at CES 2015 2
... the United States have developed a medical model for ... own bone marrow. The research, published in STEM CELLS, ... developed bladders, but also represents another step towards new ... Dr Arun Sharma and Earl Cheng from the Feinberg ...
... STATION - Functional amino acids play a critical role in ... Texas AgriLife Research scientist. In a journal article appearing ... 1:31-37, 2010), Dr. Guoyao Wu, AgriLife Research animal nutritionist ... at Texas A&M University, calls for scientists to "think out ...
... ,trained, bacteria to convert all the main sugars in ... friendly products such as bioplastics. He will be defending ... out in the context of the NWO B-Basic programme, ... November 2010. There is considerable interest in ...
Cached Biology News:New study into bladder regeneration heralds organ replacement treatment 2AgriLife scientist: Functional amino acids regulate key metabolic pathways 2Trained bacteria convert bio-wastes into plastic 2Trained bacteria convert bio-wastes into plastic 3
(Date:1/22/2015)... Rootstown, OH (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Crystal ... announced today that it has received AOAC-PTM Certifications for the ... O111, O121, and O145; collectively referred to as STEC or ... at 1 colony forming unit (cfu) per 325 g of ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... zFlo Motion , a US leader ... exciting product from a new partner. STT-Systems has ... past 15 years, with offerings in the optical-motion capture, 3D ... system (inertial measurement unit), iSen, is opening eyes around the ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015 Controlled Substance Compliance Services (CSCS), ... companies check the legal requirements around using controlled substances ... , As their international operations expand and become ... solutions built as a result of the first phase ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... January 22, 2015 Diagenode, Inc., ... as the Bioruptor® and complete solutions for epigenetics ... chromatin immunoprecipitation, alleviating the need for manual processing. ... needed for ChIP of histones or transcription factors ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Crystal Diagnostics Awarded AOAC-PTM Accreditation for the Rapid Detection of “Big 6” E.coli Food Pathogens 23D Motion Capture Just Got Easy 2Global Compliance Service for Controlled Substances to Expand to China 2Diagenode Launches Unique Semi-Automated Solution for Chromatin Immunoprecipitation 2
... Highlight and ... of Advanced Practices by Leading, Interventionalists, Broadcast from Around the World. - Hear About ... Stent, Results. - See How Many of the Major Fixed Imaging and Stent Manufacturers ... are Embracing IVUS., ...
... PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 22 Maven Biotechnologies, ... label-free multiplexing,immunodiagnostic analysis system, today announced that ... BIOCOM Investor Conference in San Diego,California. Jeffrey ... will,present on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at ...
... America Called Upon to Help One Deserving Facility Win Needed ... Choosing Its Favorite ,Clinical Contender, MALVERN, Pa., Oct. 22 ... images of the clinical challenges in hospitals,across the country to ... diagnostic technology - a magnetic resonance imaging,(MRI) system - are ...
Cached Biology Technology:Volcano Announces Activities at TCT 2007: Expanded Role of IVUS in PCI to be Demonstrated 2Volcano Announces Activities at TCT 2007: Expanded Role of IVUS in PCI to be Demonstrated 3Volcano Announces Activities at TCT 2007: Expanded Role of IVUS in PCI to be Demonstrated 4Maven Biotechnologies, LLC to Present at BIOCOM Investor Conference 2American M.R.I.-DOL: Small Hospitals To Turn The Camera On Themselves In Unique National Contest 2American M.R.I.-DOL: Small Hospitals To Turn The Camera On Themselves In Unique National Contest 3
...
Mitochondria/Cytosol Fractionation Kit Research Focus: other Storage Temperature: 4C Shipping Temperature: 4C...
Peptide-affinity Purified Polyclonal Antibody to MAML1 / Mastermind Peptide with sequence VLPTCPMAEFALPR, from N Terminus of the protein sequence according to NP_055572....
... age, the autofluorescent pigment lipofuscin accumulates ... types, including neurons. The presence of ... of fluorescence microscopy in the central ... excitation and emission spectra, which overlaps ...
Biology Products: