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Enzyme cocktail could eliminate a step in biofuel process
Source : eurekalert.org
Conversion of biomass to fuel requires several steps: chemical pretreatment to break up the biomass - often dilute (sulfuric) acid, detoxification to remove the toxic chemicals required in pretreatment, and microbial fermentation to convert the soluble sugars to fuels. Virginia Tech researchers have discovered an enzyme mixture that works in the presence of the toxic infused liquid biomass (hydrolysate), meaning that the detoxification step is unnecessary, reducing the cost of producing biofuels as well as increasing biofuel yields by avoiding the production of by-products and synthesis of cell mass. An article on the research - previously planned for the Feb. 25 print issue of the journal Chemistry & Biology - is now scheduled for publication on March 25, according to the journal, however it is no longer embargoed until publication.
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2 March 2011 |
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