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The beauty of this mutant strain of the fungus Trichoderma reesei belies the organism’s potential for dismantling biomass. The study and characterization of the fungus—particularly its proficient production of biomass-degrading enzymes—are critical for the development of more efficient and economical methods for turning biomass into fuels and other products. Scientists from the University of Nebraska and the University of Maryland have been identifying and characterizing T. reesei’s enzyme secretion control pathways. The work has been conducted through a collaborative user project at EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national scientific user facility located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The project resulted from an EMSL-DOE Joint Genome Institute call for proposals and was funded by DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research.

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Document Title: Ferocious Fungi for Biomass Conversion
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