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Profitability of corn-ethanol production likely to be boosted by Rhizopus oligosporus [Registered]

Corn-ethanol production has been given a boost by the Iowa State University’s Hans van Leeuwen research team’s award-winning idea for improving the overall profitability of production. Their process is being scaled up from lab phase to pilot plant and involves the production of new animal feed and recycling clean water from stillage. The project has two patents pending. What van Leeuwen and a team of Iowa State researchers are producing is a fungus, Rhizopus oligosporus, that makes a high-quality, high-protein animal feed from the leftovers of ethanol production. The process of growing the fungus also cleans water from ethanol production…

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