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Combining Agriculture with Microbial Genomics To Make Fuels

This article looks at key challenges when using agricultural waste as a sustainable source for biofuels to meet worldwide energy needs. Subjects include dealing with diverse cellulosic sugars and finding ways to recycle carbon dioxide back into useful biomass.
Why plants such as sugar cane and Hibiscus varieties from the Malvaceae family are good sources of cellulosic biomass that do not require highly productive agricultural lands. Why microbes associated with termites and shipworms might harbor useful enzymes for processing biomass and yeasts associated with Malvaceae plants are also worth investigating. And, how
microalgae varieties from the Caribbean coast are being evaluated as potential producers of oils that could be used for fuel.


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