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Biotech Terpenes

By: Jeb Gleason-Allured
Posted: December 22, 2010, from the January 2011 issue of P&F magazine.

Using emerging biotech processes, one large fermentation tank will be able to produce as much valencene as a pile of oranges standing 500 feet tall and weighing 1 million metric tons. "I think that pretty well illustrates where the scalability and cost-effectiveness comes in," says Richard Burlingame, vice president of R&D at Allyix, a San Diego-based company that has begun creating and marketing terpenes for the flavor and fragrance industry.

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