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Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2001 Oct;57(1-2):1-5.

Integrated production of biodegradable plastic, sugar and ethanol.

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  • 1Centro de Tecnologia Copersucar, Piracicaba, SP, Brasil.


Poly 3-hydroxybutyric acid (PHB) and related copolymers can be advantageously produced when integrated into a sugarcane mill. In this favorable scenario, the energy necessary for the production process is provided by biomass. Carbon dioxide emissions to the environment are photosynthetically assimilated by the sugarcane crop and wastes are recycled to the cane fields. The polymer can be produced at low cost considering the availability of a low-price carbon source and energy.

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