August 20, 2008

I THINK I DRANK SOME OF THIS, ONE NIGHT IN — OH, NEVER MIND: Japanese sake brewer produces cellulosic ethanol. “One of Japan’s largest sake manufacturers, Gekkeikan, has announced the development of a new ‘super yeast’ able to produce cellulosic ethanol from non-edible parts of plants, such as paddy straw and chaff. The super yeast that produces alcohol was created with genetic engineering, by integrating koji mold genes that produce cellulolytic enzymes into sake yeast.”

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