Processing Magazine

Field trial demonstrates expertise in PHA for non-food crops

October 26, 2009
Metabolix, Inc., a bioscience company focused on developing sustainable solutions for plastics, chemicals and energy, has completed a field trial of tobacco, genetically engineered to express polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bio-based polymers. Metabolix obtained the necessary permits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to perform an open-air field trial in March of 2009 and field trial experiments were completed in early October. The trial was performed on 0.8 acres of land and provided valuable data and information relating to polymer production, with the best plants producing three to five percent PHA. This furthers development of Metabolix crop technologies for the co-production of bio-based plastics in non-food bio-energy crops.