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Termite Guts May Yield Novel Enzymes For Better Biofuel Production


Science & Tech  (tags: termites, gut, microbes, enzymes, bioconversion, biofuels, biomass, waste )

Eduardo
- 2465 days ago - sciencedaily.com
The bellies of these tiny beasts actually harbor a gold mine of microbes that have now been tapped as a rich source of enzymes for improving the conversion of wood or waste biomass to valuable biofuels.



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Daniel Barker (35)
Wednesday November 21, 2007, 5:39 pm
Been there, knew about it about three decades ago. I remember learning that termites can no more digest wood than you - they merely have microbes that do it for them.

We must use our knowledge to good use to change the world. I am working on an art project and need help.
 

Eduardo L. (101)
Thursday November 22, 2007, 5:24 pm
"Termites can efficiently convert milligrams of lignocellulose into fermentable sugars in their tiny bioreactor hindguts. Scaling up this process so that biomass factories can produce biofuels more efficiently and economically is another story. To get there, we must define the set of genes with key functional attributes for the breakdown of cellulose, and this study represents an essential step along that path."

 
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