Researchers from japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have developed microalgae-based bioplastics mainly from constituents extracted from Euglena.
The microalga-based bioplastics were synthesized by introducing either a long-chain fatty acid obtained from a lipid (wax ester) derived from Euglena or a modified form of cardanol (a lipid derived from cashew nut shells that has both a flexible long-chain structure and a rigid hexagonal structure) to a polysaccharide (paramylon) produced by Euglena. Features of the bioplastics include high thermal plasticity and heat resistance as well as a plant component percentage as high as about 70%. This research has been conducted as part of the Advanced Low Carbon Technology Research and Development Program (ALCA) of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
Finde more details in the Press Release “Development of Euglena-based Bioplastics”