Issue Date: August 25, 2008
BASF Synthesizes Hydrophobin
BASF says it has succeeded in synthesizing the protein hydrophobin on an industrial scale. Found as a thin coating on the spherical spores of the fungus Emericella nidulans, the biodegradable, water-repellent protein is suitable for an array of applications including as a cosmetic ingredient to stabilize creams and other emulsions. Scientists are also looking into using hydrophobin-coated sponges to remove diesel and oil from contaminated water.
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