Cellulosic ethanol is a promising future fuel that is derived from inedible biomass. Qteros's unique microbial strain is one of the few capable of breaking down the resilient lignin that makes up a large, typically unprocessible part of this biomass. The fermentation process also continues on to turn the available sugars and their contained chemical energy into useful industrial biofuel.
Qteros' technology is based on the novel Q Microbe® (Clostridium phytofermentans), a naturally occurring anaerobic microbe discovered by University of Massachusetts microbiologist Dr. Susan Leschine. The Q Microbe® offers several advantages over other ethanol-producing microorganisms: the ability to ferment polymeric forms of sugar, resulting in decreased pretreatment costs and more efficient ethanol production; and the production of ethanol as the primary product of the microorganism's metabolism. All of these advantages improve the economics of ethanol production, making this microorganism ideally suited for large-scale production of cellulosic ethanol from a variety of non-food plant materials. Source