publication . Article . 2009

Prospecting for cellulolytic activity in insect digestive fluids

William Klingeman; Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes; Jonathan Willis;
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  • Published: 04 Nov 2009 Journal: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, volume 155, pages 145-154 (issn: 1096-4959, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
article i nfo Efficient cellulolytic enzymes are needed to degrade recalcitrant plant biomass during ethanol purification and make lignocellulosic biofuels a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels. Despite the large number of insect species that feed on lignocellulosic material, limited availability of quantitative studies comparing cellulase activity among insect taxa constrains identification of candidate species for more targeted identification of effective cellulolytic systems. We describe quantitative determinations of the cellulolytic activity in gut or head-derived fluids from 68 phytophagous or xylophagous insect species belonging to eight different ...
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Medical Subject Headings: fungifood and beverages
free text keywords: Biochemistry, Physiology, Molecular Biology
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