1. The researchers at IIT Mandi have identified microbial pairs that can effectively convert cellulose – a major component present in agriculture residue and paper waste – into useful chemicals, biofuels, and carbon.
  2. The process involves using a bioprocessing approach where the researchers have developed two synergistic microbial consortia (SynCONS) – a fungal-bacterial pair and a thermophilic bacterial-bacterial pair.
  3. These chemicals have industrial applications in the manufacturing of bioethanol, biodiesel, lactic acid, and fatty acids, contributing to the sustainable production of renewable fuels and chemicals.

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