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Are goats’ guts the key to cheaper biofuels?

by Futures Centre, Apr 27
1 minute read

Could barnyard animals provide a key to greener energy?  Scientists have found that the anaerobic gut fungi in goats, sheep, and horses produce a diverse and flexible set of enzymes that can break down a wide range of tough plant materials.

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Published in the leading academic journal Science, the research found that the fungi resident within the guts of goats performed as well as the best-engineered enzymes from industry in digesting biomass. The process produces sugars, which are the precursors to fuel.

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