BioMed Central Microbiology
Clostridium thermocellum is an anaerobic thermophilic bacterium that exhibits high levels of cellulose solublization and produces ethanol as an end product of its metabolism. Using cellulosic biomass as a feedstock for fuel production is an attractive prospect, however, growth arrest can negatively impact ethanol production by fermentative microorganisms such as C. thermocellum. Understanding conditions that lead to non-growth states in C. thermocellum can positively influence process design and culturing conditions in order to optimize ethanol production in an industrial setting.
Mearls, Elizabeth B.; Izquierdo, Javier A.; and Lynd, Lee R., "Formation and Characterization of Non-Growth States in Clostridium Thermocellum: Spores and L-Forms" (2012). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles. 649.