Issue Date: January 29, 2007
Diversa joins with New Zealand groups
Enzymes developer Diversa has formed a research agreement with Scion and AgResearch, two government-owned institutes in New Zealand (C&EN, Jan. 22, page 20). The partners will investigate using Diversa's enzymes to convert New Zealand-grown trees into sugars that can be fermented into ethanol and other products. Given its significant plantation forest resources, "New Zealand is in a unique position of being able to investigate the real possibility of transforming from a petrochemical-based to a carbohydrate-based economy," says Richard Curtis, AgResearch's business development manager.
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