2008 Awards

Developing Dekkera Bruxellensis for Bio-ethanol Production - N.C. State University

Funding recipient:  North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Award amount:  $138,688

Researchers at North Carolina State University are studying various strains of the yeast Dekkera bruxellensis to more efficiently produce bioethanol from both traditional starch-based and cellulosic substrates.  Originally identified as a spoilage contaminant in the wine industry, Dekkera bruxellensis can survive both the harsh environments of cellulosic fermentation and higher alcohol concentrations than traditional yeast strains called Saccharomyces.  This research is expected to yield more efficient ways to produce bioethanol to help optimize the use of our state’s natural resources.

Leveraged funds reported: $47,375
North Carolina counties benefiting from this project: Wake

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