Date of Defense

Spring 4-13-1981

Department

Biological Sciences

Abstract

With the energy shortage developing into a serious problem for today's world, and with science being the major key to a solution, more and more attention is being given to production of energy from naturally available material. Many promising areas are being explored to relieve the energy shortage. Such areas include photosynthetic reactions and subsequent conversion of their products, expansion of the useful output of biomas by genetic improvement and better management and choice of species, and finally conversion of wood and other cellulose containing substances to valuable chemicals and liquid fuels through fermentation. At one time the United States obtained its industrial alcohol, acetone, and butanol from fermentation of glucose derived from starch. Much effort is now being directed toward obtaining chemicals from cellulose, a polymer of glucose.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only

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