Researchers find microbe gene that controls ethanol output

08/11/2011 | Renewable Energy World

Scientists from the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center have identified a gene that regulates the capacity of microorganism Clostridium thermocellum to produce ethanol, according to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The discovery is expected to speed up the development of biomass crops capable of producing more ethanol at lower costs, the researchers said.

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