Biofuel’s new secret weapon: panda poop

Panda poop is particularly effective in breaking down plant material so it can be used for biofuel.

The bacteria from the giant panda poop is particularly good at breaking down the plant material lignocellulose in switch grass, corn stalks and wood chips. This could speed up the development of cellulosic biofuels in a way that doesn’t rely on precious food crops.

“Who would have guessed that ‘panda poop’ might help solve one of the major hurdles to producing biofuels, which is optimizing the breakdown of the raw plant materials used to make the fuels?” study co-author Ashli Brown said.

Read more at American Chemical Society