News last update:6 Aug 2012

Enzymes and fungi will win war on oil

The current "war on oil won't be won by tanks and missiles, but by enzymes and fungi," said Alltech President Pearse Lyons at the company's 23rd International Feed Industry Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky.

The 3-day event, which finishes on Wednesday, attracted some 1,600 visitors from 70 countries. They could attend or view hundreds of presentations and posters that were subdivided by animal species and nutritional subject.

Lyons used a loaf of bread and small board to illustrate how energy and useful materials can be extracted from common items by fermentation and other natural processes.

Cellulose is future
Cellulose, like that found in the board, "is the future," he said, because it releases energy as it is broken down chemically.

Alltech expects to break ground in about a year for its first Community Biorefinery, which would turn locally produced grains into ethanol, biodiesel or alcohol fuels for nearby users.

"Green is the new black," Lyons said, in a world where oil is running out and the search for alternative fuels is accelerating. "Truly we are pressing the fast-forward button," he said.

Medal of Excellence
Alltech also presented its Medal of Excellence to two researchers: Jean-Pierre Jouany of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research in Paris and one of Jouany's former students, Alexandros Yiannikouris, who is now a researcher at Alltech in Nicholasville.

Jouany and Yiannikouris were cited for their extensive research on ways to eliminate mycotoxins, or naturally occurring toxins produced by fungi, from the human and animal food chains.


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