Brazilian project begins working on cellulosic ethanol production

Producing cellulosic ethanol is not a trivial task, but it is important to increase the Brazilian production of fuel without expanding the area planted with cane sugar. The key to this technological revolution can be the huge diversity of microorganisms in the Amazon rainforest.

Over the next four years, a research project involving scientists from Sao Paulo and Pará, will concentrate efforts to produce from fungi and bacteria in the jungle, enzyme cocktails that can degrade cellulose, allowing the called second-generation ethanol.

The project was approved under the cooperation agreement signed in 2009 by the Research Support Foundations (FAPs) of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP), Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG) and Pará (FAPESP) and the Vale SA.

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