Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Value from Lignin

February 12, 2017 |

The goal? Develop microbial biocatalysts to convert lignin-rich streams into value-added products. That’s subject which this project — “Synthetic Metabolic Pathways for Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels,” led by Oak Ridge National Lab’s Adam Guss — has taken on.

Adding value to the lignin fraction of plant biomass will improve the economics of biorefineries to enable a bioeconomy, they content. Given that lignin accounts for ~25% of plant biomass but is used primarily for heat and power — that’s an understatement.

But, what’s needed? Perhaps a microbial platform for deconstruction of lignin and catabolism of aromatic compounds from biomass, and the genetic tools needed for bioengineering novel microbes, for starters. This illuminating update by Guss, at the DOE’s most recent Project Peer Review – gives us the state of the state of the art.


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