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Fungal map of mutations

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September 02, 2009 Share This!

  • PNNL's Dr. Scott Baker is working with the DOE's Joint Genome Institute to understand how T. reesei fungus can break down biomass for better biofuel production.

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RICHLAND, Wash. — During World War II, T. reesei frustrated American Army quartermasters in the South Pacific by speeding up the rate at which canvas supplies wore out. Today, scientists are learning how the same fungus is a key producer of industrial enzymes that are used, among other applications, to break down biomass for better biofuel production.

PNNL’s Dr. Scott Baker is part of an international team of scientists with the DOE’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI), the French applied research center IFP, and the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) providing the first genome-wide look at what these mutations are in order to understand just how cellulase production was first improved using T. reesei, and how the process can be further improved.

Tags: Energy, Biomass, Biofuel

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