publication . Article . 2010

Termite-based biomass pre-treatment strategies

Michael E. Scharf; Drion G. Boucias;
  • Published: 07 Feb 2010 Journal: Insect Science, volume 17, pages 166-174 (issn: 1672-9609, eissn: 1744-7917, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
When considering the current state of the biorefinery industry, it is readily apparent that industrial cellulose and hemicellulose digestion processes are relatively advanced, whereas enzymatic pre-treatment strategies for biomass delignification and cellulose solubilization are not well developed. The need for efficient biomass pre-treatment strategies presents a significant opportunity for researchers studying lignocellulose digestion in termites and other insects. With an emphasis on industrial biomass pre-treatment, this review provides an overview of: (i) industrial biorefining operations (feedstocks, processing, and economics); (ii) recent findings from te...
free text keywords: Agronomy and Crop Science, General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Insect Science, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
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