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Process for enzymatically converting a plant biomass

United States Patent Application

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The present invention describes a process for at least a 90% conversion of a plant biomass preferably by a reduction of the units of cellulase needed and by using a xylanase which acts synergistically with the cellulase to improve the yield of xylose and glucose as sugars. The process enables greater conversion of a lignocellulosic plant biomass to glucose and xylose for use as animal feeds and as fermentation as medium for producing ethanol.
Dale, Bruce E. (Mason, MI), Teymouri, Farzaneh (Okemos, MI), Chundawat, Shishir (East Lansing, MI), Balan, Venkatesh (East Lansing, MI)
Board of Trustees of Michigan State University (East Lansing MI)
12/ 221,972
August 8, 2008
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This work was supported by funds from the US Dept. of Energy under prime award #DE-FG36-04G014017 to Dartmouth College and from the State of Michigan `Research Excellence Fund`.