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.


This video is part of the Synbio Powerhouse annual seminar : Why the Bioeconomy needs Synthetic Biology.