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Researchers discover enzymes that degrade biomass into sugars

11:15 AM MST | December 31, 2013

Researchers from University (York, UK), the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (Paris), and Aix-Marseille University (Marseille, France) say they have discovered a family of enzymes that can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars. Difficult-to-digest sources include plant stems, wood chips, cardboard waste, and insect or crustacean shells. The researchers say that, by studying the biological origins and detailed chemistry of the enzyme family, they have shown that nature has a wide range of methods for degrading biomass that can be...

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