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Wood Utilization Research: Biofuels, Bioproducts, Hybrid Biomaterials Composites Production and Traditional Forest Products (Project 1)

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Principal Investigator/Project Leader: 
Jeffrey
Blanchard
Department of Project: 
Department of Microbiology
Project Description: 

Reaching the potential for renewable biofuels depends on the development of new technologies that are able to release the energy stored in cellulose fibers. This research project centers around an unusual microbe, Clostridium phytofermentans, that can convert a broad range of biomass sources directly to ethanol without expensive thermochemical pretreatment. Further development of conversion processes using C. phytofermentans will create a path to renewable biofuels using our region's sustainable forestry and crop resources.

Energy topics: 
Biomass/ Biofuels