Researchers use fungus, bacteria to create isobutanol

08/19/2013 | ScientificAmerican.com

Researchers at the University of Michigan have successfully paired the Trichoderma reesei fungus with a strain of E. coli to produce isobutanol from corn husks. The researchers found that the fungus and the bacteria worked well together to break down the cellulose into fermentable sugars. The process is "very promising but still needs further development to be viable," said University of Michigan chemical engineer Jeremy Minty.

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