The emerging role for bacteria in lignin degradation and bio-product formation
Bugg, Tim, Ahmad, Mark, Hardiman, Elizabeth M. and Singh, Rahul. (2011) The emerging role for bacteria in lignin degradation and bio-product formation. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Vol.22 (No.3). pp. 394-400. ISSN 0958-1669Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.copbio.2010.10.009
The microbial degradation of lignin has been well studied in white-rot and brown-rot fungi, but is much less well studied in bacteria. Recent published work suggests that a range of soil bacteria, often aromatic-degrading bacteria, are able to break down lignin. The enzymology of bacterial lignin breakdown is currently not well understood, but extracellular peroxidase and laccase enzymes appear to be involved. There are also reports of aromatic-degrading bacteria isolated from termite guts, though there are conflicting reports on the ability of termite gut micro-organisms to break down lignin. If biocatalytic routes for lignin breakdown could be developed, then lignin represents a potentially rich source of renewable aromatic chemicals.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QP Physiology
Q Science > QR Microbiology
|Divisions:||Other > Institute of Advanced Study
Faculty of Science > Chemistry
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Lignin -- Biodegradation, Bacteria, Enzymology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Current Opinion in Biotechnology|
|Page Range:||pp. 394-400|
|Funder:||Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (Great Britain) (BBSRC), University of Warwick|
|Grant number:||BB/H004270/1 (BBSRC)|
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