Rainforest microbe can handle ionic liquids: New find could help reduce biofuel production costs

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 20:30 in Physics & Chemistry

Researchers have identified a tropical rainforest microbe that can endure relatively high concentrations of an ionic liquid used to dissolve cellulosic biomass for the production of advanced biofuels. They've also determined how the microbe accomplishes this, a discovery that holds broad implications beyond biofuels.

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