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Thermostable enzymes from two fungi found suitable for cellulosic biofuels production [Registered]

Many of the cellulases currently used in biofuel production are derived from species that thrive at temperatures of 20°C-35°C (68°F-95°F) which is room temperature to nearly body temperature. The conversion process at these temperatures takes time, during which contaminants can reduce the final yield. To speed up the conversion process, researchers at US Department of Energy propose raising the temperature, which in turn requires enzymes that are stable above current working conditions. They now appear to be on the right track. Published online October 2 in Nature Biotechnology, an international team of scientists compared the finished genomes of Thielavia terrestris…

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