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Brief Published: 9 Dec 2010

Cheesy Biofuel


Lactococcus Lactis is a bug with a bite, used in the production of cheese, buttermilk and yoghurt. Now researchers at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, have found the microbe could also assist in turning plant matter into biofuel.

The researchers found that the scaffolding proteins present in the microbe can be engineered to effectively break down plant material. The Concordia research paper says this is a key step in the “direct conversion of cellulosic substrates into fuels”.

Concordia University