Yield10 Bioscience Chief Science Officer Dr. Kristi Snell to Present on Advancements in Producing PHA Bioplastic in Camelina at the ISBP 2022 Conference
Yield10 researchers are conducting a program intended to produce sustainable, low-cost PHA bioplastic materials in the seed of the Camelina plant. In a patent application filed in 2019, Yield10 described a new technology solution for deploying the PHB pathway in Camelina. 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 planted PHB producing Camelina at acre-scale and has harvested the plants for PHB extraction, 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.
“We have successfully demonstrated proof of concept for producing PHA bioplastics in Camelina seed by leveraging advanced tools in synthetic biology,” said
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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