Leafcutter ant enzyme beneficial to cellulosic producers

June 20, 2013 |

In Wisconsin, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are researching an enzyme produced by leafcutter ants. The team has been able to isolate and identify the enzyme used by these critters to break down leaves and plant matter. The research, which could have tremendous implications for cellulosic producers, has encouraged several private companies to approach the team with interest in mass-producing the enzyme, reports Mother Jones.

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