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  • Pest-free plant material thanks to CATT method

    A treatment with warm air rich in CO2 and low in oxygen helps clear plants of nematodes, thrips, mosquito larvae and other pests. “It prevents the uncertainty and resistance issues that come with the use of chemical pest control products,” says research manager Piet Spoorenberg of Wageningen UR. Export in particular faces major risks such as when thrips are found in a batch of ...

  • Merck Opens New OLED Materials Production Plant in Darmstadt

    Merck strengthens its position in the OLED materials business with a new production plant Investment of around € 30 million Fivefold increase in production capacity Merck aims to sustainably secure its leadership in display materials Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced that it has opened its new production plant for OLED ...


    By Merck

  • Statement by energy secretary Steven Chu on groundbreaking of BASF advanced battery materials plant

    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu issued the following statement on today's groundbreaking of BASF's new production plant for advanced lithium-ion battery materials, funded in part through the Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program. "This groundbreaking is an illustration of how Recovery Act investments are creating jobs and building new industries here in the U.S. Today's ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • New certified reference material for mycotoxin analysis

    JRC-IRMM has released a new certified matrix reference material for mycotoxin analysis, namely aflatoxins in compound feedingstuff (ERM-BE376). Aflatoxins are naturally-occurring contaminants in food and feed of plant origin, produced by various fungal species. They are potent liver carcinogens and are therefore classified as carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on ...

  • Choose Right Raw Material for Quality Briquettes

    Briquetting is an effective fuel making technique. But to get maximum benefits, you need to choose raw material carefully. From the particle size to moisture level, you need to look at every factor to ensure high quality briquetting with least efforts. Biomass briquettes are perfect energy source and alternate of fossil fuels. If made from right raw material and in right machines, these can ...


    By Jay Khodiyar Machine Tools

  • USDA Certifies Ecospan's BioFlow(TM) Material as BioPreferred

    Ecospan, LLC, a materials science research, development, and manufacturing company focused on bio-based plastics, has announced certification of its BioFlow brand resins by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as being 94% Biobased within the agency's BioPreferred program. "Products ...


  • Reinforcement of soil by plant roots

    Landslides have devastating impacts across the globe resulting in the loss of life and the destruction of billions of dollars in infrastructure. Soil erosion from wind and water threatens food production, pollutes the environment, and can make living in major cities such as Beijing almost unbearable during dust storms. Just like the great dust bowl of the 1930s, many instances of soil erosion and ...

  • Ahlstrom makes a major investment to wallcover materials manufacturing in China

    Ahlstrom, a global high-performance materials company, announced today that the company will invest a total of EUR 30 million to a new nonwowen wallcover substrates production line at its Binzhou plant in China, where the company is already manufacturing filtration materials. Deliveries from the new line are expected to start early 2013. According to Jan Lång, CEO and President of ...


    By Ahlstrom-Munksjö

  • Environment Agency: Waste materials used as fuel will reduce greenhouse emissions

    Waste materials used as fuel for generating electricity and heat could play an important role in meeting the UK’s renewable energy and greenhouse emissions targets, a new report suggests. Biomass – carbon sink or carbon sinner?,a report published by the Environment Agency finds that using biomass to generate electricity can deliver ...

  • Green Software: Compost Plant Management

    Increase the profitability of your composting business with user-friendly, hands-on systems that guarantee quality documentation and tracking of your core business information. Our system Compost Software provides a broad range of special applications for compost plants that let you track all relevant data for processing material in your plant. This helps you to make fully informed decisions ...


    By Aschl Management Systems

  • Ahlstrom strengthens leadership in sustainable single-serve coffee materials market in Europe

    Ahlstrom strengthens its leading position in Europe as a supplier of fully compostable infusion materials for single-serve coffee capsules together with two best-in-class coffee houses. Ahlstrom will supply its unique solution made from polylactic acid (PLA) and vegetable parchment materials to Caffe Vergnano in Italy and Cap Mundo in France. The patented Ahlstrom GreenCapsule top lid(TM) is ...


    By Ahlstrom-Munksjö

  • Biological control of plant bugs in greenhouses

    How can we biologically control the European tarnished plant bug and other plant bugs in the greenhouse? Wageningen UR, Entocare biocontrol CV and breeders have been working on a solution for many years. While a trap with pheromone attractant appears to be a good way, initial results show that the trap requires further optimisation to not only attract bugs but capture them as well. The right ...

  • Pilot plant Photanol process operational

    Photanol represents a process in which blue green algae combine photosynthesis with fermentation to convert CO2 under the influence of light in organic products e.g. ethanol, ethylene or lactic acid. After the “proof of concept” was delivered financial government support was obtained to build a pilot plant. This pilot was designed ...


    By Colsen International b.v.

  • Two certified reference materials for GMO PH05-0026-0048 potato released

    Legislation in the EU regulates the placing on the market of food and feed consisting of, containing or produced from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). They are referred to as 'GM food and feed' and require authorisation in the EU.  BASF Plant Science Company GmbH (Ludwigshafen, DE) developed the genetically modified (GM) potato event PH05-026-0048 with the unique identifier code ...

  • Ahlstrom plans to close its plant in Barcelona

    Ahlstrom, a global high performance materials company, plans to close its plant in Barcelona, Spain. The plant, which manufactures products for advanced and transportation filtration businesses, has suffered from continued weakening demand in Southern Europe. The company estimates that about 30 employees will be affected starting from the second half of 2012. The Barcelona plant, part of the ...


    By Ahlstrom-Munksjö

  • China Sunergy Starts to Ship from Turkey Plant

    China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSUN) ("China Sunergy" or "the Company"), a specialized solar cell and module manufacturer, today announced that it has begun shipping solar modules from its plant in Istanbul, Turkey, and will deliver a total of approximately 6.4MW from mid-June to August 2013 to a well-known French customer. China Sunergy currently has a total production ...


    By China Sunergy

  • FAO launches new standards for plant genebanks

    A new FAO publication is aimed at improving conservation of food crops, many of which are crucial to the world’s food and nutrition security.  The publication, Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, outlines voluntary, international standards for the many repositories – ...

  • Bio gas plants. More efficiency using the QZ.

    The production of bio gas from bio mass has become an important branch. Such bio mass consists of renewable raw materials or substrates from field fruit such as, for example, corn, potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, cereals, sun flowers or green offcuts. By using the Querstromzerspaner QZ, the objective of producing energy in the form of methane gas can be pursued in a more forceful way. The ...


    By ANDRITZ MeWa GmbH

  • USDA program promotes products such as plant-based bottles

    A program designed to promote ethanol and biodiesel fuels will be expanded to companies using plant-based plastic, rubber and fiber in manufacturing products such as bottles and packaging, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. The USDA is proposing in a new agency rule to add manufacturers of these plant-based products to a loan guarantee program that has provided more than $844 ...


    By Associated Press

  • ARS plant collections help safeguard crops

    In the months ahead, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists plan to collect walnuts from Kyrgyzstan, grasses from Russia, and carrots and sunflowers from fields across the Southeastern United States in efforts that will enhance one of the nation's most effective tools for protecting the food supply. Researchers will make the trips to collect plants with useful ...

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