Biological Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass

J. Vasco-Correa, X. Ge, Y. Li

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Biological pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass uses the ligninolytic potential of certain microorganisms (fungi and bacteria) to reduce the recalcitrance of the feedstock and enhance its digestibility by hydrolytic enzymes. Ligninolytic enzyme systems have been studied mostly in white rot fungi, a type of wood decay fungi that is able to degrade lignin effectively, using a set of high redox potential oxidoreductases. Biological pretreatment can be performed by growing the microorganism directly on the feedstock or using the enzyme extracts. Recent advances in molecular biology have expanded knowledge about existing ligninolytic systems, including the discovery of new enzymes and the development of engineered systems with potential for effective pretreatment and full utilization of lignocellulosic biomass in biorefineries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiomass Fractionation Technologies for a Lignocellulosic Feedstock Based Biorefinery
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780128025611
ISBN (Print)9780128023235
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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