03 Oct '11, 11am

Mushroom Detectives find Key to Low Cost Biofuels

Mushroom Detectives find Key to Low Cost Biofuels

Next-generation biofuel refining is based on tweaking enzymes to break down plant walls and convert biomass to fermentable sugars. The research has two main goals. One is to find ways to cut down the energy input needed for biofuel processing. The other is to develop refining methods that can efficiently process woody, non-food material such as grasses, poplar trees, or corn cobs, orange peels and many other types of waste from agricultural or food processing operations. Enzymes that can survive higher temperatures can help accelerate the biofuel refining process, and with great efficiency comes a greater potential to keep costs down.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/10/03/mushroom-detectives-f...

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