“One of the keys to commercialization of advanced biofuels is the development of cost-competitive ways to extract fermentable sugars from lignocellulosic biomass. The use of enzymes from thermophiles—microbes that thrive at extremely high temperatures and alkaline conditions—holds promise for achieving this. Finding the most effective of these microbial enzymes, however, has been a challenge. That challenge has now been met.”
In collaboration with the Joint BioEnergy Institute and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, our researchers are looking for enzymes from microbes that thrive at extremely high temperatures and alkaline conditions that could help commercialize biofuels production. Read the full story in R&D magazine.