Report: Bacteria in panda waste may aid advanced-biofuel production

08/29/2011 | United Press International

Bacteria in panda stomachs may help accelerate the breakdown of plant cellulose in advanced biofuel production, according to a report presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society. The microbes in panda stomachs could process about 95% of plant material into simple sugars without the need for expensive inputs used by current methods, according to researcher Ashli Brown. "Who would have guessed that panda poop might help solve one of the major hurdles to producing biofuels, which is optimizing the breakdown of the raw plant materials used to make the fuels?" Brown said.

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