Enzyme Use in Textiles

Enzyme use in textiles? Enzymes are complex protein molecules produced by living organisms. Their function is to make chemical reactions proceed at a rapid pace so that life can continue. In nature, they are responsible for digesting food and composting trees. Humans have learned to adapt the activity of enzymes for their use in manufacturing useful…

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Funding Basics for Bio Projects

Funding basics for bio related projects?  Funding for a bioeconomy business can come from many sources.  It is important to understand the types of funding, and what is necessary to secure each.  These points just touch the surface of available financing for bioeconomy ventures. Venture capitalists are normally large, well established companies that invest in…

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The Demand for Natural Rubber

The demand for natural rubber? In 2004, the History Channel broadcast a Modern Marvels Special on Natural Rubber. My favorite quote from that special is “Our four most important natural resources are air, water, petroleum, and rubber.” (I would have argued for soil to be part of the list.) Nonetheless, while most people guess the…

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Financing Green Energy Projects

Financing Green Energy Projects? Innovative renewable energy projects, such as geothermal energy, biomass, waste-to-energy and others, are gaining interest and support as sustainable options that can provide the electricity the world needs, while cutting dependence on fossil fuels. Compared to carbon-producing sources of energy, green energy can improve the quality of air, water and soil…

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Hemp Eligibility for USDA Programs Under the 2018 Farm Bill

Hemp Eligibility for USDA Programs?  Hemp is an eligible renewable biomass feedstock for USDA rural development programs including Section 9003 (innovative new technologies), REAP (energy production- biofuels, electricity production) and B&I (commercially proven processes/technologies).  Normally under the rural development programs, agriculture production is not an eligible purpose. Agriculture production can be considered an eligible purpose…

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Aquaculture Expert

Aquaculture is a term that broadly applies to the cultivation of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, aquatic animals, seaweeds and other aquatic plants. Aquaculture production systems may operate within both freshwater and marine environments, and can also be totally self-contained on land. This production practice is used globally to grow widely consumed species categories such as carp,…

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