Javier A. Izquierdo, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology, has co-authored a research paper for the publication Biotechnology for Biofuels. The work reported in this paper is of high relevance to the field of microbial biofuel production. Currently, the cellulosic biofuels industry is significantly limited by the ability of industrial microbes to fully utilize unpretreated plant material. Generally, they cannot use all of its components or require costly pretreatments to release the sugars needed for fermentation. This paper shows how the metabolic diversity of new organisms recently obtained from compost and sewage can overcome some of those limitations.