Gallery: New Yeast Strain Doubles the Efficiency of Biofuel Production


A team of researchers has developed a new strain of yeast that could make the production of biofuels two times more efficient by breaking down an elusive sugar chain present in plant stems called xylose. Up until now, two processes have been used to break down all of the sugars contained in plants — one for simple sugars and one for complex sugars. This new yeast has the ability to break down simple and complex sugars at once, making the production of biofuels faster and yielding more end product.

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  1. sarwar January 16, 2011 at 8:05 am

    can this yeast be used for molasses fermenetation ?
    can this ferment the non feermentable sugars into alcohols ?

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