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Reducing the cost of cellulosic biofuels

Research Achievements

Reducing the cost of cellulosic biofuels

Ben Lindenmuth successfully produced full length, functional thermostable endoglucanase (a cellulase enzyme) directly in plants using a rapid, transient approach. This represents a milestone because previous attempts to produce this enzyme using stably transformed plants have resulted in cleaved products or only the catalytic domain was produced. This work has led to a patent application and is an important advance to help reduce the cost of cellulosic based biofuels.