International Sugar Journal

Engineered yeast converts toxin aldehydes from hydrolysed lignocellulosic feedstock into alcohol [Full subscriber]

In the production of cellulosic biofuels, breaking down lignocellulosic feedstock to produce fermentable sugars releases numerous by-products that are toxic to yeast most commonly used to produce biofuels. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have engineered yeast to convert toxic cellulosic by-product aldehydes into alcohols.

Read more …

CAZymes from Parascedosporium putredinis paves way for reducing processing costs for cellulosic biofuels [Full subscriber]

Researchers – led by the University of York in collaboration with the US Dept of Energy’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the University of Wisconsin have discovered an enzyme in a fungus that can act as a catalyst to break down lignocellulose.

Read more …

Enzymes from termite gut microbes could aid lignocellulosic biofuel production [Full subscriber]

Lignin is a major lock for lignocellulose valorization in biorefineries, prompting a need to find new ligninolytic systems. Termites are efficient lignocellulose degraders, and a large part of this ability comes from its anaerobic gut microbiome. Now, researchers from France, Japan and the Netherlands have found that microbes from the guts of certain termite species can help break down the tough polymer lignin.

Read more …

Germany – Construction of the new €550 million UPM’s biorefinery has commenced [Full subscriber]

The Finnish pulp and paper producer UPM commenced the construction of the state-of-the-art biochemicals facility in Leuna, Germany on 7th October.

Read more …

Engineered E. coli supports the production of coniferol from lignocellulosic feedstock [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the UK and Brazil have developed a consolidated process to produce chemical building block, coniferol from lignocellulosic feedstock.

Read more …

Finland – Spinnova and Fortum partner to expand production textile fibres from lignocellulosic feedstocks [Full subscriber]

The Finnish start-up Spinnova is partnering with the local clean-energy firm Fortum to advance the production of cellulose-based textile fibres.

Read more …

Accelerated electrons dislodge cellulosic sugars from lignocellulosic feedstock [Registered]

Extracting cellulosic sugars from lignocellulosic biomass is costly as it is difficult to tease out the cellulose and hemiceullose fractions from the recalcitrant lignin and hydrolyse the former two into […]

Read more …

VTT launches gasification technology to produce biofuel cost-effectively from lignocellulosic feedstock [Registered]

Researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd have developed a new gasification-based technique to turn lignocellulosic feedstock, in particular, forest industry residues, into transport fuels and chemicals.

Read more …

Hemocyanins from gribbles effective in hydrolysing lignocellulosic feedstock [Registered]

An international team of researchers has discovered that gribbles (termites of the sea) that hemocyanin proteins, which transport oxygen through the bodies of invertebrates, play a major role in the crustacean’s ability to extract sugars from wood. This discovery is likely to support the production of cellulosic biofuels where breaking down the lignocellulosic feedstock is the key crucial step.

Read more …

Catechyl lignin found to withstand harsh measures during lignocellulosic feedstocks deconstruction [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) with partners at the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) have shown that a recently-discovered variety of the substance, catechyl lignin (C-lignin), has attributes that could make it well-suited as the starting point for a range of bioproducts.

Read more …