Sweet lime oils defeat pests

Citrus peel and pulp is a growing waste problem in the food industry and in the home. However, there is potential to extract something useful from it. Work in the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management ...

Treasured trash: UK waste gets new lease of life

From facial scrubs using coffee grounds to clothes made from plastic bottles and furniture decorated with agave fibres, efforts to upcycle or repurpose waste products are gaining traction in Britain.

Keeping strawberries fresh using bioactive packaging

Qu├ębec produces more strawberries than any other Canadian province. Strawberries are delicate and difficult to keep fresh. In response to this challenge, Monique Lacroix, a professor at at the Institut national de la recherche ...

Terpen-tales: The mystery behind the unique fragrance of lavender

Even the mention of lavender evokes the distinct fragrance of the flower. This beautiful flower has been used to make perfumes and essential oils since time immemorial. The aesthetics of the flower have captured imaginations ...

Chemists create renewable plant-based polymers

Researchers at the Laboratory of Cluster Catalysis at St Petersburg University have synthesized polymers from biomass. What makes them different is that they can be easily recycled.

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