Doubling the Efficiency of Biofuel Production
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have engineered a new strain of “super yeast” that doubles the efficiency of certain types of biofuel production. Their breakthrough was in expanding the types of sugars in biomass that can be converted into fuel.
Prior biofuel production left nearly half of all plant sugars untouched – a huge missed opportunity. Now, producers can harness the hard-to-reach xylose sugars in grasses, woods, and non-edible portions of biomass.
The breakthrough enhances the economic feasibility of biofuels, which promises to deliver both environmental and industry benefits.
Read more about the discovery here!