Fla. study looks at termites' enzymes to boost cellulosic production

08/26/2010 | DomesticFuel.com

Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered two enzymes in the salivary part of termites that could help improve the process for making cellulosic ethanol. The enzymes may be able to process the lignin in woody plants at room temperature to produce cellulosic ethanol. "Once we figure out the best way to integrate this sort of enzyme into the process, it could drop the cost of producing cellulosic ethanol significantly," said Mike Scharf, the lead researcher.

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