Cellulose to Sugars: New Path Gives Quantitative Yield

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Science  25 Aug 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4357, pp. 743-745
DOI: 10.1126/science.201.4357.743


Cellulosic residues that had been treated with a small amount of chemical solvent under room conditions were quantitatively saccharified on enzyme hydrolysis. This treatment can be used to obtain simple sugars for the production of alcohol and other chemicals.