The invention relates to increasing the availability of fermentable sugars from plant biomass, such as glucose and xylose. As described herein, .alpha.-xylosidases can be employed with cellulases to enhance biomass conversion into free, fermentable sugar residues.
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT
This invention was made with government support under Grant Nos. DE-FG02-91ER200021 and DE-FC02-07ER64494 by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.