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Researchers

  • Seth DeBolt
  • Darby Harris
  • Joszef Stork

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Details

Project TitleGENETIC AND ECOLOGICAL STUDIES OF PLANT CELLULOSE BIOMECHANICS SUGGEST CRYSTALLINITY AND STRUCTURE MAY BE GENETICALLY AND ENVIRONMENTALLY ALTERED LEADING TO HIGHER SACCHARIFICATION EFFICIENCY FOR BIOFUEL AND FORAGE PRODUCTION
Track Code1595
Short DescriptionNone
AbstractNone
 
Tagsbiosynthesis; energy; biofuels; ethanol; saccharification; biomass; fermentable glucose; genetic modification; plant cellulose
 
Posted DateOct 5, 2017 4:07 PM

Researcher

Name
Seth DeBolt
Darby Harris
Joszef Stork

Manager

Name
Don Keach

Key Advantages

  • May provide a method to increase the availability of cellulose from plants
  • May increase the efficiency of converting cellulose into fermentable glucose
  • May provide a feedstock source with improved digestibility 

Market Opportunities

The global energy market is changing rapidly towards renewable energy. It is estimated that by the year 2030, biomass could account for approximately 60% of total renewable energy. Sugar polymers stored in plant cell walls are an attractive form of renewable energy, with particular interest in the production of alcohol. However, there is a technical hurdle to overcome with the biochemical conversion of lignocellulose biomass into bio fuel. Current practices use costly chemical pretreatments to covert the high-order crystalline structured cell walls into fermentable sugars. The regulation of amorphous to crystalline zones in the cellulose micro fibril has important connotations for plant design and cellulose bioconversion. There remains a need for increasing the availability of cellulose from plants for conversion into fermentable glucose for use in the production of ethanol and other biomass energy sources. 

Technology Solution

Researchers at the University of Kentucky have developed methodology for selecting and/or producing plants with beneficial saccharification properties. The intellectual property surrounds the capacity to increase the efficiency of converting cellulose from plants into fermentable glucose by genetic manipulation. The conversion methodology and properties provide for a useful bio fuel and feedstock source.

Commercialization Status

patent filed; active

Available Fields of Use

  •  Biofuel industry
  • Agriculture 

Inventors

DeBolt, Seth; Harris, Darby; Stork, Jozsef

Patent Number(s)

US8383888B1

UK OTC Contact

Eric Castlen, Associate Director, Office of Technology Commercialization 

A141 ASTeCC Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0286

(859) 257-8211    eric.castlen@uky.edu