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Microbial drop-in replacement for PET from fruit peels

Annually hundreds of thousands of tons of fruit peels, seeds and sugar beet pulp, a side stream of sugar production, pile up without high value utilisation. They contain pectin. Currently this treasure is mainly a problem, it is used for landfills or dryed for cattle feed which is quite costly.

This example demonstrates a biotechnology case in a chain of technologies, patented by VTT, where we can turn this pectin feedstock, into platform chemicals which in turn can be further processed for numerous applications.


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