UK researchers add fungus to cellulosic ethanol production cutting costs and time

January 23, 2017 |

In the UK, researchers at the University of Manchester have developed a new method for breaking down cellulose into sugars that they claim is significantly cheaper and faster through the use of a certain fungus in conjunction with enzymes to help jumpstart the process. The method eliminates the need for expensive and time-consuming chemical pre-treatment processes and is far friendlier to the environment as a result. Yields have been shown to be similar to those achieved with chemical pre-treatment.

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