Ethanol is used as a fuel in many countries, including Brazil, where it is produced from sugar cane and in the United States, where fuel grade ethanol is produced from corn. However, neither of these sources is cellulosic ethanol. Mascoma’s transformative technology uses yeast and bacteria to produce ethanol from non-food agricultural and forestry materials sources such as switchgrass, wood, and agricultural waste. These sustainable raw materials are known as "feedstocks” or “cellulosic biomass”.
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