Company to begin production of BDO from sugar, E. coli

09/30/2008 | Discovery

San Diego-based Genomatica says it expects to have a biology-based plant to produce the base chemical for many plastic products up and running next year. The chemical, 1,4 butanediol, is traditionally made from oil and natural gas, but the plant will produce the compound with a base composed of E. coli and sugar, and the company says the process will reduce costs.

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