Cellulases for Biomass Conversion from the Transgenic Maize Production System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$75,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2003-33610-13042
Agency Tracking Number:
2003-00561
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
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Elizabeth Hood
(979) 690-8537
eehood@prodigene.com
Business Contact:
John Howard
Chief Scientific Officer
(979) 690-8537
jhoward@prodigene.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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