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An Engineered Microbial Platform for Direct Biofuel Production from Brown Macroalgae

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Science  20 Jan 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6066, pp. 308-313
DOI: 10.1126/science.1214547

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Using seaweed as a raw material for biofuels has received relatively little attention, in part because their primary sugar constituent, alginate, is not readily fermented by industrially tractable microbes. Wargacki et al. (p. 308; see the cover) now demonstrate that metabolically engineered bacteria can degrade seaweed and subsequently ferment the sugars into ethanol at laboratory scale.

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