Biohacking to digest Cellulose
Hello, I'm new here.
Despite being the most common organic compound in the biosphere, humans (and most mammals for that matter) seem unable to break the B-bonds in cellulose due to a lack of cellulase, thus denying ourselves a large source of energy. We have to acquire energy by moving up trophic levels to organisms that can efficiently digest cellulose, such as cows, which is a really inefficient process.
That's why I'm curious as to see if we can hack ourselves to break down cellulose, thereby allowing us to get more energy directly from plants. I think this could especially useful to people who are vegetarian or who live in countries where access to meat is a luxury. I'm interested in the bacteria Fibrobacter succinogenes which seems to produce cellulase. The few animals that can break down cellulose tend to have huge guts so I wonder if it's possible to line human intestines with this stuff since it has a pretty large surface area and be able to extract at least some additional energy from cellulose. Thoughts?