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Method and Compositions for Improved Lignocellulosic Material Hydrolysis

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UW-Madison GLBRC researchers have identified Streptomyces sp. ActE, isolated from wood wasps, as an excellent source on enzymes capable of efficiently degrading cellulose from both pretreated and nontreated biomass. The secretome of ActE can be utilized to digest a lignocellulosic materials, resulting in feedstock that can be further used to produce biofuels or biorenewable chemicals. Specific genes have also been identified that encode enzymes capable of digesting different substrates such as xylan, chitin, cellulose, or biomass. The secretome or enzyme combinations could be developed into mixtures for efficiently accessing useful subunits of lignocellulosic biomass.
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