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Lignin munching enzyme discovered in bacteria – lower-cost route to biofuels?

In Canada, research carried out by teams at the Universities of Warwick and British Columbia have identified an lignin-breaking enzyme in bacteria which could be used to make biofuel production more efficient. The research is to be published in the 14 June Issue of the American Chemical Society journal Biochemistry.

The researchers identified the gene for breaking down lignin in a soil-living bacterium called Rhodococcus jostii. Although such enzymes have been found before in fungi, this is the first time that they have been identified in bacteria.

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