Bio-Economy and Technology: The Challenges of Industrial Fermentation

Laboraty fermentor used in industrial fermentation to cultivate microorganisms

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 […]

Bio-Economy and Technology: From traditional to industrial fermentation

Vintage copper kettle in brewery - Belgium

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 […]

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

Scientific names of microorganisms. R&D, Innovation, Marketing, New Product Development

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 […]

Scientific names of microorganisms: A quick introduction to taxonomy

Taxonomy. Knowledge and plan concept

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, […]