A process for hydrolyzing whole grain or whole plant biomass after an Ammonia Fiber Explosion (AFEX) process step is described. The process preferably uses a biomass that is hydrolyzed using a different combination of enzymes (amylase, cellulase and hemicellulase) to sugars for fermentation to produce ethanol. Harvesting the whole plant inclusive of grains and stalk for ethanol bio-processing is an economical route for future biorefineries. In addition to sugars, various value-added products like proteins and oil can be co-generated.

Title
Process for making fuels and chemicals from AFEX-treated whole grain or whole plants
Application Number
12/229225
Publication Number
20090053771
Application Date
August 21, 2008
Publication Date
February 26, 2009
Inventor
Bryan Bals
South Bend
IN, US
Shishir Chundawat
East Lansing
MI, US
Venkatesh Balan
East Lansing
MI, US
Bruce Dale
Mason
MI, US
Agent
IAN C McLEOD PC
MI, US
Agent
Ian C McLeod
MI, US
Assignee
Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
MI, US
IPC
C12P 07/06
C12P 19/00
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