Provided herein are methods of using yeast cells to produce ethanol by contacting a mixture comprising xylose with a Spathaspora yeast cell under conditions suitable to allow the yeast to ferment at least a portion of the xylose to ethanol. The methods allow for efficient ethanol production from hydrolysates derived from lignocellulosic material and sugar mixtures including at least xylose and glucose or xylose, glucose and cellobiose.
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH
This invention was made with government support under DE-FC02-07ER64494 awarded by the US Department of Energy and 10-JV-11111126-053 awarded by the USDA/FS. The government has certain rights in the invention.