Biotech Updates

EU Invests 9.5M Euros for "NEMO"-Biofuels Project

September 11, 2009

The Biofuel Review website reports that the European Union (EU) is investing about 5.9M Euros to fund a research project for the development of liquid fuels from agricultural and forestry waste. The NEMO ("Novel high performance enzymes and micro-organisms for conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to bioethanol") project will be a collaborative European effort for next-generation-biofuels development, to be coordinated by Finland's VTT Technical Research Center. Among the project's objectives are: (1) to engineer the metabolism of microorganisms for maximum production yield of ethanol from biomass, with minimum cost, (2) to evaluate "the suitability of the developed enzymes and yeast strains for industrial biofuel manufacturing processes". .