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Genes for Xylose Fermentation, Enhanced Biofuel Production in Yeast

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UWMadison GLBRC researchers have identified 10 genes in yeast that are involved in xylose fermentation. Efficient fermentation of biofuels and biorenewable chemicals from biomass-derived sugars would benefit from microbes that can utilize both glucose and xylose. These genes could be used to create an organism by modifying one that normally utilizes glucose to one that can ferment both xylose and glucose for enhanced biofuel production. These genes may be used in various combinations to produce useful industrial strains.
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