Yield10 Bioscience Chief Science Officer Dr. Kristi Snell to Present on Advancements in Producing PHA Bioplastic in Camelina at the CROPS 2022: Improving Agriculture Through Genomics Conference
Yield10 researchers have conducted a research program aimed at producing PHA bioplastics in the seed of the Camelina plant as a sustainable, low-cost method for producing this material. Yield10 developed a new technology solution for deploying the PHB pathway and filed a patent application in 2019. Using this approach, Yield10 obtained Camelina plants showing up to 10.2 percent PHB in seed that had good emergence and survival in growth chambers. Subsequent field tests with prototype Camelina PHB containing lines have shown approximately six percent PHB in the seed in two consecutive years. In 2022, Yield10 is planting at acre-scale the leading plant line in order to harvest PHB for product prototyping, sampling and other business development activities. The development of elite PHA Camelina lines with yields in the 10 to 20 percent range is ongoing as well as the engineering of PHA copolymers in Camelina.
“Our team has leveraged advanced tools in synthetic biology to successfully demonstrate proof of concept for producing PHA bioplastics in Camelina seed,” said
Learn more about the CROPS 2022: Improving Agriculture Through Genomics conference on the conference website. A copy of Dr. Snell’s slide deck is available on the
Background on PHA Bioplastics
Global plastic waste is estimated at 380 million metric tons per year. The largest market for plastics today is for packaging materials, and it accounts for nearly half of all plastic waste generated globally, where most of it is never recycled or incinerated. We believe there may be significant market opportunity for producing PHA biomaterials in Camelina in the future. PHA biomaterials (PHAs) are natural microbial high molecular weight polymeric storage polymers. These polymers are natural polyesters and can be recovered from the microbes that produce them and processed using standard plastics processing equipment into a range of product forms. The production of PHA bioplastics in Camelina could represent an entirely new market opportunity for farmers. This opportunity could provide economic returns for farmers to justify large acreage adoption of Camelina as a cover crop and enable the low-cost production of this product for new markets including water treatment and sustainable biodegradable plastics replacement applications.
About Camelina sativa
Camelina sativa, commonly known as Camelina or false flax, is an annual oilseed plant in the mustard family that is native to
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