Supercomputing Research Studies if Marine Crustacean Enzyme Can Be Used in Biofuels

Tiny, wood-boring marine crustaceans with a funny name and a penchant for collectively attacking piers and dining on driftwood, ships, boats, and docks have made a big splash in the science news media lately. These creatures, called Gribbles, have as their recent claim to fame a novel biomass-degrading enzyme in their guts that is of keen interest to the biofuels research and engineering communities. Scientists from the United Kingdom are using the supercomputer, Kraken, to make better predictions about enzyme activity and whether the enzyme can be used directly in biomass conversion. To read more, visit the National Institute for Computational Sciences website.

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