Biotechnology for Biofuels
Feedstock recalcitrance is the most important barrier impeding cost-effective production of cellulosic biofuels. Pioneer commercial cellulosic ethanol facilities employ thermochemical pretreatment and addition of fungal cellulase, reflecting the main research emphasis in the field. However, it has been suggested that it may be possible to process cellulosic biomass without thermochemical pretreatment using thermophilic, cellulolytic bacteria. To further explore this idea, we examine the ability of various biocatalysts to solubilize autoclaved but otherwise unpretreated cellulosic biomass under controlled but not industrial conditions.
Paye, Julie M. D.; Guseva, Anna; Hammer, Sarah K.; and Gjersing, Erica, "Biological Lignocellulose Solubilization: Comparative Evaluation of Iocatalysts and Enhancement Via Cotreatment" (2016). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles. 559.