A group around Jun OGAWA isolated a thermophilic yeast, Scheffersomyces shehatae JCM18690, which is thermoresistant and can metabolize starch directly due to a high content of glucoamylase. In addition, it is able to metabolize xylose. After 10 days cultivation in shake flasks, up to 9g/L ethanol was produced. The strain is believed to be able to produce bioethanol directly from food waste.

JST news release, March 30, 2015