Xylogenics, Inc has created a proprietary bioengineered yeast strain that has the ability to breakdown cellulose. Experimentation is ongoing with switchgrass, a native prairie grass that can be gown in most of the United States and Canada.
The advantage of the yeast is
that it can produce ethanol using a
non-food material and that it can
increase current production by 30%
or possibly more making it very
The strain of yeast can be
genetically optimized for specific
sources making it possible to use a
regional source and produce ethanol
where it will be used.