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Powerful enzymes create ethanol from agricultural harvest waste
Date:1/8/2013

velop enzymes that tolerate lignin better. New information on enzymes and activities that break down hemicellulose, vital for the efficient exploitation of plant biomass, was also obtained during the project.

British scientists participating in the project determined the structural characteristics of various raw materials. This information can be used to select appropriate enzyme cocktails for raw materials when upgrading plant biomass.

The Dutch company Dyadic is currently commercialising the enzymes developed in the project.

Research Professor Kristiina Kruus of VTT coordinated the DISCO project, which had a total of 11 participants from seven countries. VTT's scientific role in the project related to discovering and developing enzymes from environmental samples as well as culture collections.
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Contact: Kristiina Kruus
kristiina.kruus@vtt.fi
358-207-225-143
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Source:Eurekalert

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