Chemistry

Biotechs do deal: Eviagenics divests flavonoid technology

Biotechs do deal: Eviagenics divests flavonoid technology

By Lynda Searby

French biotech firm Alderys has bought Eviagenics’ micro-organism based flavonoid production platform for an undisclosed sum. The deal will allow Alderys to commercialise the technology and Eviagenics to focus on its seaweed extracts venture.

Extracting flax fibres (muka) from a leaf with a mussel shell – a traditional technique used in recent research at Victoria University. Image supplied by Landcare Research.

Flax fibres could be used in food packaging - researchers

By Joe Whitworth

Researchers in New Zealand have discovered potential anti-fungal properties in harakeke, or native flax, that could see the fibres used in food packaging but admitted more funding is need to continue the research.

China opens new food test lab

China opens new food test lab

By Joanne Hunter

The first food-testing laboratory in China recognised to reach international standards for pesticide screenings, melamine and heavy metal testing and microbiological analyses, was opened last month by Eurofins in Suzhou.

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