Moose rumen provides insights on the degradation of biomass
Biofuel has been put forward as a green and renewable to alternative fossile fuels. However, the first biofuels got a lot of criticism since they were produced from food crops and the prodcution was done at the expense of growing food.
An alternative to food crops is wood. But the degradation process of the biomass is a problem here. The current methods are not as cheap and efficient as they need to be for biofuel to be a competitive energy solution.
Henrik Aspeborg and Anders Andersson, two biotechnology researchers at KTH, are part of an international research group that is studying the digestive system of the moose in order to identify enzymes that are suitable for degradation of biomass. Recently they had an article published in the scientific journal The ISME Journal: ”Ninety-nine de novo assembled genomes from the moose (Alces alces) rumen microbiome provide new insights into microbial plant biomass degradation”.
In this episode of KTH Tech Talks we meet Henrik Aspeborg and Anders Andersson, talking about their research.
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