How do bacteria break down cellulose?

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How do bacteria break down cellulose?
« on: 23/11/2010 22:30:03 »
Manning Francis  asked the Naked Scientists:
   Hi, There is a lot of grass outside, all year around. I'm a teenager and get really hungry but of course I learned from previous experience that grass is not edible.

I read the article on this page: which explains that symbiont bacteria break down the cellulose to glucose for cows respiration.

Anyway my question is:  What is the process by which symbiont bacteria break down cellulose to glucose called.  And also why is the production of this outside of a cows stomach commercial enviable?

It is impossible to find these answers online. (well I assume so)

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