Xylose-utilizing Z. mobilis strains were found to have improved ethanol production when grown in medium containing mixed sugars including xylose if sorbitol or mannitol was included in the medium. The effect was seen in concentrations of mixed sugars where no growth lag period occurs, as well as in higher sugars concentrations.
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This invention was made with United States government support under Contract Nos. 04-03-CA-70224 and DE-FC36-03GO13146 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.