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Bacteria simplifies cellulosic ethanol production

Bacteria found in sweet gum wood may improve the preprocessing steps for cost-effective production of cellulosic ethanol.

JDR-2, a strain of the wood-decaying bacteria Paenibacillus, can break down and digest hemicelluloses, which in traditional cellulosic ethanol production is broken down by acid hydrolysis. A research team from the University of Florida isolated the strain in 2003, according to James Preston, professor at the university’s microbiology and cell science department.
 
 

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