Upgrading agricultural waste
NowThisFood featured Ryan Protzko!
We are harnessing the power of biology to upgrade agricultural wastes into specialty chemicals
Industrial fruit and vegetable processing generates massive volumes of waste
10 million metric tons
Sugar beet pulp
70 million metric tons
23 million metric tons
11 million metric tons
Despite the vast land, water and human resources required to produce these crops, these wastes have little value
THE ZESTBIO SOLUTION:
upgrade these wastes into useful products
Who We Are
Ryan Protzko, Ph.D.
Ryan is an expert in microbial metabolism of pectin-rich wastes. Ryan is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and winner for First Place for Green Chemistry at Big Ideas @ Berkeley.
Luke Latimer, Ph.D.
Luke has experience developing biological green chemistry technologies. Luke is a recipient of a Dow Sustainability Award and First Place for Green Chemistry at Big Ideas @ Berkeley.
John Dueber, Ph.D.
John is a Professor of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley. John is a renowned Synthetic Biologist for his development of strategies for modular control and engineering of microorganisms.
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