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Bioengineers develop bacterial strain to improve xylose fermentation and increase ethanol production [Registered]

A team of Bioengineers in the United States have modified a strain of bacteria to increase its ability to produce ethanol. The research, published in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, reveals how adaptation and metabolic engineering can be combined for strain improvement, a positive development for the biofuel industry. The team focused their research on Zymomonas mobilis, a bacterium noted for its bio-ethanol producing potential. However, the team believed that ethanol production could be increased through improvement of xylose fermentation. “Zymomonas mobilis is a superb ethanol producer with productivity exceeding yeast strains by several fold,” said lead author Rachel Chen from the…

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