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Key enzyme for production of second-generation ethanol discovered in Brazilian Amazon

Publicado em 18 maio 2018
Researchers have discovered a novel enzyme (a ß-glucosidase) in microorganisms living in the Brazilian Amazon that could boost efficiency of the sugarcane bagasse saccharification process, which accounts for up to 50% of the global costs of cellulosic ethanol production. The team isolated, characterized and reproduced the enzyme, proving it to be compatible with two essential stages of the production of second-generation (cellulosic) ethanol: fermentation and saccharification. If these two [...]