Enzyme Found in Wood-boring Insects Could Turn Wood into Liquid Biofuel

June 4, 2013 |

In the UK, researchers at the University of York, University of Portsmouth and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory have used advanced biochemical analysis and x-ray imaging to identify a new enzyme to convert woody biomass into liquid biofuel. The enzyme is produced by gribbles, tiny marine wood-borers often responsible for destroying seaside wooden piers. The researchers hope to reproduce the enzymes effects on an industrial scale.

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