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Fungi tweaked to boost industrial enzymes

Filamentous fungi produce powerful enzymes that break down tough plant material that can be used for biofuels and other industrial processes. But the enzymes often work too slowly for industrial use and the fungi are difficult ...

dateAug 26, 2015 in Biotechnology
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How plant sensors detect pathogens

In the mid-20th century, an American scientist named Harold Henry Flor helped explain how certain varieties of plants can fight off some plant killers (pathogens), but not others, with a model called the "gene-for-gene" hypothesis. ...

dateAug 25, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Using fungi to harvest microalgae for biofuels

Microalgae are a promising feedstock for biofuels, but current methods of harvesting and dewatering them are unsustainable. Now researchers have shown that growing the algae with certain filamentous fungi to form lichens ...

dateAug 21, 2015 in Biotechnology
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