International Sugar Journal

Modified enzyme enhances hydrolysis of cellulosic feedstock into sugars [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), working in partnership with colleagues at the Brazilian Biorenewables National Laboratory (LNBR) in Campinas, São Paulo State, Brazil, have discovered that modifying the enzyme β-glucosidase sourced from Trichoderma harzianum, a fungus found in the Amazon, greatly facilitates the hydrolysis of cellulosic feedstocks for the production of simple sugars for subsequent fermentation.

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Hemocyanins from gribbles effective in hydrolysing lignocellulosic feedstock [Registered]

An international team of researchers has discovered that gribbles (termites of the sea) that hemocyanin proteins, which transport oxygen through the bodies of invertebrates, play a major role in the crustacean’s ability to extract sugars from wood. This discovery is likely to support the production of cellulosic biofuels where breaking down the lignocellulosic feedstock is the key crucial step.

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