National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

United States

Improved Cellulose Hydrolysis Activity

Biotech & Biological Sciences


NREL scientists have been working to improve cellulose digestion using rational enzyme engineering and knowledge from natural diversity, including a comprehensive evaluation of cellulose disruptor proteins, resulting in a 2.5 fold improvement. This significant enhancement will reduce the cost of enzymes and ultimately bring down the cost of cellulosic biofuels.