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  • Team looks to the cow rumen for better biofuels enzymes

    University of Illinois animal sciences professor Roderick Mackie and his colleagues found dozens of enzymes in the cow rumen that help degrade plant material. This research could help overcome a major challenge in biofuel production - finding an efficient way to release the energy stored in the plant cell wall.

    University of Illinois animal sciences professor Roderick Mackie and his colleagues found dozens of enzymes in the cow rumen that help degrade plant material. This research could help overcome a major challenge in biofuel production - finding an efficient way to release the energy stored in the plant cell wall.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      University of Illinois animal sciences professor Roderick Mackie and his colleagues found dozens of enzymes in the cow rumen that help degrade plant material. This research could help overcome a major challenge in biofuel production - finding an efficient way to release the energy stored in the plant cell wall.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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