Federal researchers develop enzyme to speed plant lignin breakdown

12/30/2009 | EthanolProducer.com

Researchers at the Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed an enzyme that prevents a plant cell's lignin precursors from linking, making the plant easier to break down and convert to cellulosic ethanol. The goal of the project is to apply the enzyme to feedstocks such as poplar, making them more easily fermentable, said biochemist Chang-Jun Liu, whose research receives funding from the Department of Energy.

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