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Jan 31 2020

Bio-Economy and Technology: The Challenges of Industrial Fermentation

In a previous blog about industrial fermentation, we defined traditional fermentation and industrial fermentation and gave examples of applications. Human beings have been experimenting with fermentation for thousands of years. However, bringing fermentation to an industrial scale is not that simple. There are numerous challenges facing industrial companies from technical barriers to regulation. In this ... Read more

Dec 23 2019

Bio-Economy and Technology: From traditional to industrial fermentation

Man has used fermentation for thousands of years. Today, the principles of fermentation are applied to industrial processes and it is a key technology within the bio-economy, providing us with a wide array of sustainable chemicals from biofuels to cosmetics. What is “traditional fermentation”? Fermentation has been part of our daily lives since simple microbes ... Read more

Nov 18 2019

Scientific names of microorganisms: Why should you care about taxonomy?

Scientists have discovered an incredible amount of microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast or microalgae. To differentiate them from each other, they name them scientifically following strict taxonomic rules. But why should you care about the scientific names of microorganisms and where can you find this kind of information? You may know that the scientific names ... Read more

Nov 4 2019

Scientific names of microorganisms: A quick introduction to taxonomy

When I embarked upon my career in the fermentation industry, I was surprised by the complexity surrounding taxonomy or more simply put, the scientific names of microorganisms.  In the same way as human history, the taxonomy of microorganisms is not linear. The only constant is change. Thanks to scientific discoveries and the evolution of biotechnology, ... Read more

Oct 22 2019

What’s in your Kombucha? Learn more about the latest drink trend

I first tried Kombucha three years ago while waiting to cross the Channel back to the UK. I was looking for a healthier alternative to soda – like many consumers of my generation – and I was very pleasantly surprised. Mindful eating and healthy diets are trends driving the UK food and beverage industry in 2019. ... Read more

Oct 8 2019

Secrets of the Sourdough: Why this old favourite keeps evolving

As a French native, you won’t be surprised if I tell you I LOVE bread! And since I have been working for over a decade in the industrial fermentation sector, I have tried quite a lot of baking products. I have developed a fondness for sourdough bread.  “Sourdough September” led by The Real Bread Campaign, a ... Read more