Biorenewables Development Centre set to study non-food plant use

A £4.5m facility to develop non-food uses for plants and waste was officially opened by business secretary Vince Cable last week.

Projects at the University of York's Biorenewables Development Centre will include studying the industrial extraction of useful chemicals from food waste such as orange peel.

Centre director Dr Joe Ross said it would "expand the opportunities for industry to source its raw materials from plants and microbes".

Forming part of the university's Bio Centre, the facility was funded by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and the European Regional Development Fund.


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