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UW-M researcher finds enzyme breakthrough in ant fungus

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 […]

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UW-M research makes process breakthrough converting lignin to chemicals

UW-M research makes process breakthrough converting lignin to chemicals

April 29, 2013 |

In Wisconsin, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a method of using oxygen to convert lignin into renewable chemicals. Previous methods have used oxidation but the new method very selectively oxidises the lignin under very mild pressure and temperature with a catalyst that is specific for a single structure on the lignin molecule.

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