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Production of microbial growth stimulant with ammonia fiber explosion (AFEX) pretreatment and cellulose hydrolysis

United States Patent Application

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A process for producing a microbial growth stimulant (MGS) from a plant biomass is described. An ammonium hydroxide solution is used to extract a solution of proteins and ammonia from the biomass. Some of the proteins and ammonia are separated from the extracted solution to provide the MGS solution. The removed ammonia can be recycled and the proteins are useful as animal feeds.
Dale, Bruce E. (Mason, MI)
Board of Trustees of Michigan State University (Lansing MI)
11/ 897,119
August 29, 2007
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This research was under a grant from the United States Department of Energy (USDOE) Contract No. DE-FG36-04GO-14220. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS CERTAIN RIGHTS TO THIS INVENTION.