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BP buys Brazil biofuels producer for $680m

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DuPont gobbles up food giant Danisco for $5.8bn

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The Lincoln and the damage done

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Biogas from human waste

Householders began cooking and heating their homes with gas derived from raw sewage yesterday, under a £2.5m scheme which is the first of its kind in the country.

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