Friday, August 14, 2015

BESC creates microbe that bolsters isobutanol production

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 14, 2015 – Another barrier to commercially viable biofuels from
sources other than corn has fallen with the engineering of a microbe that improves isobutanol yields by a factor of 10.

The finding of the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center, published in the journal Metabolic Engineering, builds on results from 2011 in which researchers reported on the first genetically engineered microbe to produce isobutanol directly from cellulose.

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