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Chromatin develops farnesene-enriched sorghum

Good news for Amyris. Agbiotech company Chromatin has created sorghum plants containing elevated levels of the energy-rich compound farnesene. This milestone achievement was supported in part by the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program, “Plants Engineered To Replace Oil” (PETRO).

Like sugarcane, sorghum has traditionally been used as a source of sugars that can be subsequently converted to biofuels by microbes. Sorghum can grow on over 80% of the world’s land, including marginal land with limited access to water. Chromatin said further development is still required before the new sorghum product can be launched.

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.


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