Lignocellulosic Biomass (LB) is the most abundant organic material on Earth.  LB could supply the sugars needed to produce advanced biofuels that can supplement or replace fossil fuels.  Humans have been using LB as animal feed for thousands of years, and for the past two centuries it’s been the raw material of the paper industry.  […]

On the Enzyme Hunt

September 7, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Ashli Brown, Ph.D. and colleagues, including graduate student Candace Williams at Mississippi State University have taken the hunt for enzymes to break out the sugars from the super-tough plant material known as lignocellulose in switch grass, corn stalks and wood chips to the Giant Panda. The panda digestive tract contains bacteria with potent effects in […]

A large group of scientists has published a study that explains a noteworthy information set about the differences between the common and dreaded dry rot fungus that attacks wooden structures and the familiar white rot fungus.  With a full genome now published a much larger array of data is available and some interesting application potential […]