Research project involving ant enzymes may boost cellulosic ethanol

11/5/2009 |

Scientists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center in Madison, Wis., are working to improve the production of cellulosic ethanol by studying how enzymes in leafcutter ants break down biomass. Garret Suen, a researcher at the facility, said the project aims to develop a "cocktail [that] is probably a mixture of about six or seven enzymes," and this could allow existing ethanol facilities to use multiple feedstocks to make the fuel.

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