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Meeting the Ethanol Challenge: Scientists Use Supercomputer to Target Cellulose Bottleneck
April 24, 2007
Termites and fungi already know how to digest cellulose, but the human process of producing ethanol from cellulose remains slow and expensive. The central bottleneck is the sluggish rate at which the cellulose enzyme complex breaks down tightly bound cellulose into sugars, which are then fermented into ethanol.
University of California, San Diego
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