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BESC Research on Biomass-Deconstructing Microbes

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Isolated from decaying grass compost, Clostridium cellulolyticum degrades cellulosic biomass using multienzyme complexes called cellulosomes. This scanning electron micrograph shows C. cellulolyticum cells growing on switchgrass biomass.

Credit or Source: Photo by Thomas Hass and Shi-You Ding, National Renewable Energy Laboratory


US DOE. 2010. Bioenergy Research Centers: An Overview of the Science, DOE/SC-0127, US Department of Energy. (p. 15) (website)

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