In the final stage done here, different strains of plants are tested for their ability make sugars. In some tests, Agrivida has found that its process can improve the sugar output by 50 percent compared to traditional cellulosic ethanol processes. Those sugars are then fermented to make ethanol or converted into other fuels and specialty chemicals. Here an Agrivida employee explains the technology to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (on left).
May 19, 2011 7:01 AM PDT
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