Meet the Scientists of the Future Bioeconomy part 1: Using microbes to create new bioplastics

Research scientist Anna Ylinen is doing her doctoral thesis at the Center for Young Synbio Scientists on microbial bioplastics. They can be used like traditional plastics, but have the additional benefit of being biodegradable and fully biobased, so they are made from renewable resources, not from oil. Her goal is to produce these new biopolymers by modifying yeasts and using forest industry side-streams as feedstock. The development of bioplastics is an important step towards a sustainable circular economy and it concretely contributes to several of the UN sustainable development goals. (Read more)


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