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Aug 26, 2008

SunEthanol and MBI to Scale Up Fermentation Process in Cellulose BioEthanol Production

  • SunEthanol and MBI International are collaborating to scale up a fermentation method for producing ethanol from nonfood agricultural feedstocks. The technique uses SunEthanol's Q-Microbe™, which digests and ferments cellulosic feedstocks to ethanol in a single step.

    MBI is currently working on scaling up Michigan State University’s AFEX (ammonia fiber expansion), a biomass pretreatment technology. AFEX opens up biomass cell-wall structures, thereby increasing the effectiveness of digestion, according to the companies.

    “We believe that AFEX-treated biomass could be an effective feedstock for our Q-microbe in producing cellulosic ethanol,” explains Sarad Parekh, vp of research and development at SunEthanol.



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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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