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Bacterium breaks down furans
Source : theengineer.co.uk
The use of wood or plant waste in the production of chemicals and biofuels such as bioethanol has the advantage that such raw materials do not compete with food production. However, the sugars found in wood in the form of lignocelluloses are not naturally well digested by the micro-organisms that convert biomass into usable raw materials. First, these complex sugars have to be released and broken down into digestible units. This process gives rise to harmful by-products, including furans, which can have a strong inhibiting effect on the fermentation process. Now, researchers from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have make a significant leap forward in the production of biochemicals and biofuels from waste wood.
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15 March 2010 |
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