Enzyme may pave the way for cheaper cellulosic fuel

08/18/2013 | EENews.net (free content)

The discovery of caffeoyl shikimate esterase, a plant enzyme, may soon lead to a breakthrough in the production of cellulosic bio-based fuels made from crop wastes, chemicals and plastics. The enzyme has genes that can be turned off to block the formation of lignin, which makes it tough to extract sugar from waste to make biofuels.

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