Perfecting enzyme cocktails is the path to cellulosic ethanol

By Fábio de Castro

Agência FAPESP – New scientific advances have made cellulosic ethanol production a reality, but more focused research is needed to make it economically viable on an industrial scale.

The shortest path to achieving this goal is to intensify studies to perfect the enzyme cocktails that are used to degrade the cell walls of sugarcane, says professor Igor Polikarpov from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) São Carlos Institute of Physics (IFSC).

One of Brazil’s foremost specialists in enzyme crystallization, Polikarpov gave a lecture entitled “Biological approach to the degradation of complex polysaccharides” in São Paulo on Monday, May 14th, during the workshop held by the Centro Paulista de Pesquisa em Bioenergia, Nottingham University and the University of Birmingham. ….. >>Read the Complete Article<<

Source and Photo: FAPESP, June 6th, 2012
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