Researchers led by Jalal Hawari of the National Research Council (Biotechnology Research Institute) have discovered that the bacteria alcaligenes latus can convert maple syrup to biopolymers more efficiently than using other methods based on corn, sugarcane or sugar beets. Maple trees do not require fertilizers or irrigation, or extensive processing to create the sucrose that is the raw material for the biopolymer. At present, Quebec generated a surplus of 24 million kilogram of maple syrup in 2005, due to falling consumption. On the other hand, maple syrup is only produced in quantity for a short period in the spring.
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