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Discovery of new family of enzymes likely to advance production of cellulosic biofuels [Registered]

Scientists at the University of York recently discovered family of enzymes that can degrade cellulosic feedstock into its constituent sugars. The enzymes – lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) – are secreted by both fungi and bacteria and have the ability to ‘chip away’ at cellulose and other intractable materials. This allows cellulosic feedstocks as well as other tricky polysaccharides such as insect/crustacean shells, to be broken down. Findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The team – which included scientists from the United States, Denmark and the UK – carried out a detailed investigation of…

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