Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Enzyme Found in Wood-boring Insects Could Turn Wood into Liquid Biofuel

Biofuels Digest

| June 4, 2013

1 comment:

Kent Search Engine Optimization said...

This information will help the researchers to design more robust enzymes for industrial applications. While similar cellulases have been found in wood-degrading fungi, the enzyme from gribble shows some important differences. In particular, the gribble cellulase is extremely resistant to aggressive chemical environments and can work in conditions seven times saltier than sea water. Being robust in difficult environments means that the enzymes can last much longer when working under industrial conditions and so less enzyme will be needed.