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Scientist IDs genes that promise to make biofuel production more efficient, economical
Date:8/19/2010

h concentrations of iso-butanol and ethanol might involve the complex interactions of many genetic elements in yeast.

"For example, some genes increase cellular viability at the expense of fermentation. Others are more balanced between these two functions," he said.

"Identification of these genes should enable us to produce transportation fuels from biomass more economically and efficiently. It's a first step in understanding the cellular reaction that currently limits the production process," he said.

Further study of these genes should increase alcohol tolerance even further, and that will translate into cost savings and greater efficiency during biofuel production, he added.


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Contact: Phyllis Picklesimer
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University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
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