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Bioresource technology

Direct conversion of cellulose and hemicellulose to fermentable sugars by a microbially-driven Fenton reaction.


PMID 27469094

Abstract

The aim of this work was to develop a microbially-driven Fenton reaction that fragments cellulose and hemicellulose, degrades cellodextrins and xylodextrins, and produces short-chain oligosaccharides and monomeric sugars in a single bioreactor. The lignocellulose degradation system operates at neutral pH and does not require addition of conventional lignocellulose-degrading enzymes, thus avoiding problems associated with enzyme accessibility and specificity. The ability to produce useful bioproducts was demonstrated by production of the bioplastic polyhydroxybutyrate with the xylan degradation products as starting substrate.

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