Innovators are full of questions.Nature has answers.
EXPLORE BY FUNCTION

  

  • Strategy

Enzymes allow cellulose digestion: bacteria

Symbiotic bacteria digest cellulose with the help of enzymes.

FUNCTION
Summary
"Those that have become specialist leaf-feeders can only extract nourishment from it by enlisting the aid of a very different kind of living organism--bacteria. They, unlike any animal, can digest cellulose." (Attenborough 1995: 58)
About the inspiring organism
Bacteria
Bacteria

Learn more at EOL.org
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Produce cellulosic ethanol by mimicking bacterial enzymatic activity.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Ethanol industry, bioremediation

References
Attenborough, D. 1995. The Private Life of Plants: A Natural History of Plant Behavior. London: BBC Books. 320 p.
Learn More at Google Scholar Google Scholar  

Comments

Login to Post a Comment.

No comments found.

Share

Error - AskNature

We're sorry, but an error has occurred.

Some functionality on AskNature, particularly related to Search and login, breaks somewhat frequently. Although our small team does its best to respond with repairs as quickly as possible, there are often gaps in service that result—and it's likely that you've found one of those gaps!

The Biomimicry Institute is currently rebuilding AskNature from the ground up to be more stable, secure, and user-friendly. If you get value out of AskNature,please consider donating to the Institute in order to see fewer of these error messages in the future.

If you were attempting to search AskNature, please consider using Google to search the site until we get our search engine back up and running:

  1. In a new Google search, enter the following: site:asknature.org [your query]. For example a search for "storing water" would be entered as site:asknature.org storing water.

Have additional questions or want to let us know about something else that went wrong? Please submit a support ticket.