• Herbivore gut fungi found to produce unique building blocks of antibiotics

    2 monthes ago - By Phys

    For the past several years, chemical engineer Michelle O'Malley has focused her research on the anaerobic fungi found in the guts of herbivores, which make it possible for those animals to fuel themselves with sugars and starches extracted from fibrous plants. O'Malley's work, reflected in multiple research awards and journal articles, has centered on how these powerful fungi might be used to extract value-added products from the nonedible parts of plants-roots, stems and leaves-that are generally considered waste products.
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