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Department of Animal Sciences


Cellulosic Biomass

Cellulosic biomass

Slow hydrolysis and degradation of cellulosic biomass remain the bottleneck of efficient utilization of feed and biofuel production. Using a functional metagenomic approach, Dr. Zhongtang Yu’s lab investigates and has identified some cellulase and xylanases from the rumen microbiome. Besides advancing knowledge on cellulolysis in the rumen, some of these enzymes may have potential applications in biomass conversion.