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Microbial Who-Done-It For Biofuels

Steve Singer of the Earth Sciences Division helped lead the development of a promising technique to identify microbial enzymes that can effectively deconstruct biomass into fuel sugars under refinery processing conditions. Commercialization of advanced biofuels hinges on finding cost-competitive ways to extract fermentable sugars from lignocellulosic biomass. Microbial enzymes hold great promise but identifying the most effective is a major challenge. Other contributors to this study were Patrik D’haeseleer, John Gladden, Martin Allgaier, Patrik Chain, Susannah Tringe, Stephanie Malfatti, Joshua Aldrich, Carrie Nicora, Errol Robinson, Ljiljana Paša-Tolić, Philip Hugenholtz and Blake Simmons. More>

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