UW-M researcher finds enzyme breakthrough in ant fungus

June 24, 2013 |

In Wisconsin, a researcher from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has discovered that the enzyme found in a fungus used by the South American leafcutter ant to digest leaves for it could be the next key to efficient second generation biofuels production. It’s the ants themselves who cultivate the fungus, and a team of researchers brought ants from Costa Rica and Panama to their lab in Wisconsin to watch them grow it, and then test it for use in biofuels production.

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