Bacteria enzyme to produce biofuel from woody biomass – Technology – Ecoseed Information Network   Leave a comment

The use of a different feedstock source for biofuel production will remove the competition for biofuel from foodstock sources. As the technology becomes more feasabile ( such as through the bacterial enzyme in the article ), the economics for such biofuel production , as in woody / tree biomass extraction , becomes more feasabile to sustain.

“Researchers from the University of Warwick in Britain and the Canada-based University of British Columbia have teamed up in a study that successfully identified an enzyme that could produce more biofuel from woody biomass.

The researchers identified a gene for breaking down lignin in a soil-living bacterium called Rhodococcus jostii. Though similar enzymes have been discovered before in fungi, this is the first time one has been identified in bacteria.

Through the discovery, fast-growing woody plants and inedible by-products of crops could both become sources of biofuels. The researchers hope that through this innovation, production of biofuel could be scaled up in a way that is economically viable and that does not compete with food production.”

via Bacteria enzyme to produce biofuel from woody biomass – Technology – Ecoseed Information Network.

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Posted June 26, 2011 by arnoneumann in Biofuel

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