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A detritus-loving bug that can be found in nearly every garden compost heap in the land could be about to transform the way the world makes biofuels.
Initially, it is set to make bioethanol production from corn in the US more efficient, but the British company that has developed it says it can be applied much more broadly.
Unlike the yeasts traditionally used in brewing and bioethanol production it is more tolerant of tough plant matter, so raw materials such as grasses, willow, forest waste