Cellulases for Biomass Conversion From the Transgenic Maize Production System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2004-33610-15001
Agency Tracking Number: 2003-00561
Amount: $296,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
101 Gate Blvd. Suite 100, College Station, TX, 77845
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Clough
 (979) 690-8537
Business Contact
 John Reiher
Title: Chief Executive Offiver
Phone: (979) 690-8537
Email: jwreiher@prodigene.com
Research Institution
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. Our results will show that the maize production system can meet the sensitive cost targets for cellulase enzyme production for the biomass to ethanol industry. In addition, they will show that maize has the flexibility to produce any new cellulase enzymes that are engineered to have improved performance on the vast array of lignocellulosic substrates that can be utilized in this industry.

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