Scientists have been examining these sea grubs and many other creatures to learn about the enzymes they produce for breaking down cellulose. The hope is that the enzymes can be economically synthesized for use in biofuel production. Simon McQueen-Mason of the University of York in the UK recently came up with the idea of using these particular gribbles and is leading a research effort into them that is getting funding from a £27 million bioenergy program. British science minister Lord Paul Drayson has established bioenergy research centers at six British universities.
[Source: Channel 4]