All Chewed Up

One of the key steps in biofuel production is to break down the biomass into sugars that can be developed into the fuel, and for sources like switchgrass that means chewing up hard lignin. Researchers from the Joint BioEnergy Institute and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory turned to a proteogenomic analysis of thermophilic bacteria to study them and their component proteins that can break down switchgrass lignin into sugar.

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