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Discovery of substrate-targeted enzymes for the degradation of biomass by Metatranscriptomics

  • Author(s): Hess, Matthias;
  • Zhang, Tao;
  • Tringe, Susanna;
  • Mackie, R.;
  • Rubin, Eddy
  • et al.
Abstract

Current bioethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass is a relatively inefficient process requiring energy-intensive chemical and physical pretreatments (Fig.1). The identification of robust cellulolytic enzymes (e.g., cellulases and hemicellulases) from lignocellulolytic microbial communities is a necessity to achieve the ambitious goal to replace 30percent of the national petroleum based gasoline with bioethanol by 2030.

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