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Metabolic engineering makes seaweed a viable feedstock for biofuel production [Registered]

A University of Illinois metabolic engineer has developed a strain of yeast that can exploit the potential of red seaweed as an effective biofuel feedstock. “When Americans think about biofuel crops, they think of corn, miscanthus, and switchgrass. ln small island or peninsular nations, though, the natural, obvious choice is marine biomass,” said Yong-Su Jin, a U of I assistant professor of microbial genomics and a faculty member in its Institute for Genomic Biology. Producers of biofuels made from terrestrial biomass crops have had difficulty breaking down recalcitrant fibers and extracting fermentable sugars. The harsh pretreatment processes used to release…

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