Features of Promising Technologies for Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass

Auburn University, AUO, Alabama, United States
Bioresource Technology (Impact Factor: 4.49). 05/2005; 96(6):673-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2004.06.025
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Cellulosic plant material represents an as-of-yet untapped source of fermentable sugars for significant industrial use. Many physio-chemical structural and compositional factors hinder the enzymatic digestibility of cellulose present in lignocellulosic biomass. The goal of any pretreatment technology is to alter or remove structural and compositional impediments to hydrolysis in order to improve the rate of enzyme hydrolysis and increase yields of fermentable sugars from cellulose or hemicellulose. These methods cause physical and/or chemical changes in the plant biomass in order to achieve this result. Experimental investigation of physical changes and chemical reactions that occur during pretreatment is required for the development of effective and mechanistic models that can be used for the rational design of pretreatment processes. Furthermore, pretreatment processing conditions must be tailored to the specific chemical and structural composition of the various, and variable, sources of lignocellulosic biomass. This paper reviews process parameters and their fundamental modes of action for promising pretreatment methods.

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    • "Biotechnology for Biofuels *Correspondence: 1 Aachener Verfahrenstechnik-Process Systems Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Turmstr. 46, 52064 Aachen, Germany Full list of author information is available at the end of the article this arrangement creates a major obstacle to enzymatic hydrolysis and efficient conversion, numerous pretreatment strategies for breakdown of the composite material have been developed to deconstruct the composite mate- rial[1,2]. Nevertheless, these concepts have only been applied successfully to a limited range of biomass species and less so to the highly lignified wood. It demonstrates that the underlying mechanisms of pretreatment have not yet been fully understood. "
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    • "Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an ideal host for bioethanol production due to its high stress tolerance, high ethanol production capacity, and ease of gene manipulation. However, S. cerevisiae cannot inherently assimilate xylose, the second most abundant sugar in lignocellulosic biomass (Mosier et al. 2005). Xylose-assimilating yeast strains have been constructed through genetic engineering to exploit two different heterologous xylose-utilization pathways. "
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    ABSTRACT: Xylose is the second most abundant sugar in lignocellulosic materials and can be converted to ethanol by recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strains expressing heterologous genes involved in xylose assimilation pathways. Recent research demonstrated that disruption of the alkaline phosphatase gene, PHO13, enhances ethanol production from xylose by a strain expressing the xylose reductase (XR) and xylitol dehydrogenase (XDH) genes; however, the yield of ethanol is poor. In this study, PHO13 was disrupted in a recombinant strain harboring multiple copies of the xylose isomerase (XI) gene derived from Orpinomyces sp., coupled with overexpression of the endogenous xylulokinase (XK) gene and disruption of GRE3, which encodes aldose reductase. The resulting YΔGP/XK/XI strain consumed 2.08 g/L/h of xylose and produced 0.88 g/L/h of volumetric ethanol, for an 86.8 % theoretical ethanol yield, and only YΔGP/XK/XI demonstrated increase in cell concentration. Transcriptome analysis indicated that expression of genes involved in the pentose phosphate pathway (GND1, SOL3, TAL1, RKI1, and TKL1) and TCA cycle and respiratory chain (NDE1, ACO1, ACO2, SDH2, IDH1, IDH2, ATP7, ATP19, SDH4, SDH3, CMC2, and ATP15) was upregulated in the YΔGP/XK/XI strain. And the expression levels of 125 cell cycle genes were changed by deletion of PHO13.
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    • "Among chemical pretreatments, alkaline pretreatment is a good alternative for lignin removal however, works better on herbaceous and agricultural residues with low lignin content (Aimia et al., 2015; Umagiliyagea et al., 2015). Dilute acid (DA) treatment is being preferred worldwide for commercialization of cellulosic ethanol due to its low cost and effectiveness (Mosier et al., 2005). It works by hydrolyzing the hemicelluloses (upto 80%) while keeping cellulose and lignin intact. "
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