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Termites guts source of enzymes for the production of lignocellulosic biofuels [Registered]

Termites break down the wood they eat via the enzymes they secrete from their guts. Researchers at Purdue University, USA have discovered a cocktail of enzymes (cellulases) from the guts of termites that will aid the production of lignocellulosic biofuels. The research was led by professor Mike Scharf and is published in the online version of the journal PLoS One. Scharf’s team are the first to measure the sugar output from enzymes created by the termites themselves and the output from symbionts, small protozoa that live in termite guts and aid in digestion of woody material. ” For a long…

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