York Science & Innovation Grand Tour May - Sept 2012

Sponsored by Aviva

52 Monk Bar

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Enzymes found in the wood-boring isopod, the gribble, could hold the key to converting wood and straw into liquid biofuels.

For centuries sea-farers were plagued by wood-eating gribbles that destroyed their ships. Now research by scientists in the Biorenewables Development Centre on York Science Park is uncovering how this tiny creature, pictured here, digests the apparently indigestible. The potent enzymes could be harnessed as a crucial component in making liquid biofuels.

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