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When you're within spitting distance of the Motor City, you've got to defend your turf.

About 40 years ago, Iowa State Chemistry professor John Verkade based his doctoral dissertation on a chemical compound, and only realized a few years ago that it may very well hold the key to breaking down the cellulose that forms the structure of a plant's cell walls.

Iowa State University and Frontline BioEnergy, manufacturers of biomass gasification systems, have joined forces to attempt to eliminate natural gas from ethanol production.