Can genetics improve ethanol production?

A California company with a stake owned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced it has discovered a yeast gene that can increase ethanol production yield by up to 34 percent when it’s inserted into yeast and properly modulated.

iDiverse, of Del Mar, Calif., was founded on genetic technology licensed from the UNL in 2005. It was based on research done by Marty Dickman, who worked at UNL for 18 years, but is now at Texas A&M.

“Our intent is to commercialize our improved yeast through partnerships with major corporations involved in the production of fuel ethanol from corn and sugarcane, but more importantly, with companies producing fuel ethanol from biomass,” said John Serbin, chief business officer, in an email.

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