Cellulases for Biomass Conversion from the Transgenic Maize Production System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2003-33610-13042
Agency Tracking Number: 2003-00561
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ProdiGene, Inc.
101 Gateway Blvd., Suite 100, College Station, TX, 77845
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Elizabeth Hood
 (979) 690-8537
Business Contact
 John Howard
Title: Chief Scientific Officer
Phone: (979) 690-8537
Email: jhoward@prodigene.com
Research Institution
NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: The production of ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass can utilize large volumes of agricultural residues that are untapped today. Ethanol fuels burn cleanly, thus the use of ethanol for partial replacement of petroleum fuels will have a positive impact on the environment. The production of ethanol fuels from lignocellulosic biomass is ready to be developed into a viable industry. These experiments will identify plants that exhibit high expression of cellulases and b-D-glucosidase in transgenic seed. The seed will be used as starting material for a back-cross program to generate plants with acceptable agronomic character. These recombinant enzymes from transgenic maize are an important component of the enablement of the biomass to ethanol process, because maize is a cost-effective production and delivery system for the enzymes.

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