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International enzyme development firm Genencor, a division of Danisco A/S, has announced it's now mixing up the fourth enzyme cocktail in its trademarked Accellerase line. Called Accellerase Trio, Genencor says that this latest enzyme is designed to boost production of cellulosic ethanol from non-food feedstocks. More specifically, Accellerase Trio is an enzyme cocktail optimized to break down C5 and C6 sugars in biomass feedstocks, improving cellulosic ethanol yields by up to 20 percent over Ge

Genencor, a subsidiary of Danisco A/S, and DuPont have announced a joint venture that promises cheaper cellulosic ethanol. Both companies will be investing $140 million in a plant that will use sugarcane bagasses and corn stover, although other sources such as straw will be used in the near future. A pilot plant will be ready by 2009. The joint venture integrates the proprietary DuPont pretreatment and ethanologen technologies with the innovative enzyme technology of Genencor. Cellulosic ethanol

We've mentioned Mascoma a couple of times recently in relation to the cellulosic ethanol conversion technology developed by Prof. Lee Lynd at Dartmouth College that they have been set up to commercialise. The latest news is that they have received a $14.8 million award from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). This will allow them to build and operate a cellulosic biomass-to-ethanol demonstration.

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