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Austrian researchers produce erythritol from straw [Registered]

Researchers at the Vienna’s University of Technology have been successful in producing the sugar alcohol erythritol from cereal straw and mould fungi Trichoderma reesei. Up until now, erythritol could only be produced with the help of special kinds of yeast in highly concentrated molasses. The researchers have successfully bioengineered T. reesei which is effective in breaking down straw into sugars and converting this into erythritol. The lead researcher Astrid Mach-Aigner said that they are currently able to produce approximately 300 mg erythritol/kg straw. This she admits is low and considers this to be a primary obstacle to address as they…

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