December 2015

Recyclage : Carbios réussit à dépolymériser à 100% le PET

Although in French, we still want to refer to this interesting article. As we are an European group, language should be easy to overcome :).

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Our project partners are really good in dissemination!

Well done Manuel!

We have paid a visit today to the Ellis and Stan labs at Imperial College London. We are all trying to understand the burden of gene expression. In the picture Manuel presents his work.

Press release of European Bioplastics association

With its new proposal on the Circular Economy Package in Europe, presented today, the European Commission outlines plans that respond to some of the main challenges of our time: the waste of energy and resources produced by our linear economy. The European Bioplastics association welcomes these efforts, and is looking forward to contributing to the forthcoming debate on how renewable and biodegradable materials can best fit into this vision.

Read more: Commission’s Circular Economy Proposal leaves room for more ambitious actions on bio-industries such as bioplastics

Microplastics profile along the Rhine River

Thomas Mani, Armin Hauk, Ulrich Walter & Patricia Burkhardt-Holm

Microplastics result from fragmentation of plastic debris or are released to the environment as pre-production pellets or components of consumer and industrial products. In the oceans, they contribute to the great garbage patches. They are ingested by many organisms, from protozoa to baleen whales, and pose a threat to the aquatic fauna. Although as much as 80% of marine debris originates from land, little attention was given to the role of rivers as debris pathways to the sea. Worldwide, not a single great river has yet been studied for the surface microplastics load over its length. We report the abundance and composition of microplastics at the surface of the Rhine, one of the largest European rivers. Measurements were made at 11 locations over a stretch of 820 km. Microplastics were found in all samples, with 892,777 particles km −2 on average. In the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area, a peak concentration of 3.9 million particles km −2 was measured. Microplastics concentrations were diverse along and across the river, reflecting various sources and sinks such as waste water treatment plants, tributaries and weirs. Measures should be implemented to avoid and reduce the pollution with anthropogenic litter in aquatic ecosystems.

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Isocost Lines Describe the Cellular Economy of Genetic Circuits

Andras Gyorgy , José I. Jiménez , John Yazbek , Hsin-Ho Huang , Hattie Chung , Ron Weiss , Domitilla Del Vecchio

For those interested in scientific publications, please find an article written by José Jiminez, our principal investigator of University of Surrey (USU):

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