January 18, 2012

Bio-methionine developments

France-based METabolic EXplorer (METEX) and Roquette announced last week that the companies are now initiating an industrial engineering study on the production of a 100% bio-based L-Methionine, which the companies have been developing for several years.

Methionine is an essential amino acid mainly used in animal feeds. According to METEX, the amino acid is currently made from propylene via a synthetic chemical process. The global methionine market for animal feed is around $2.85bn for 850,000 tonnes last year, METEX reported.

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