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I am a microbiologist with a passion for carbohydrates and their role in biology; I am particularly interested in finding out how microbes degrade complex carbohydrates. I became fascinated by carbohydrate active enzymes while pursuing my PhD in microbial physiology at the University of Groningen. There I combined biochemistry with fungal genetics to study how enzymes degraded complex sugars in fungal cell walls. As postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nottingham I investigated how fungi regulate their gene expression and produce enzymes to degrade complex carbohydrates in plant cell wall lignocellulose. Funded by a BBSRC Fellowship, I then moved to the University of Manchester where I investigating how fungi, via their enzymes, affect the properties of plant material. I applied surface analysis tools to characterise changes in insoluble lignocellulose and combined this with detailed characterisation of the responsible enzyme activities. This work aimed to understand of how the fungal enzymatic machinery deconstructs plant biomass, a prerequisite for improving exploitation in sustainable biotechnology. At SRUC my research focusses on plant biomass degradation by anaerobic fungi that are part of the ruminant microbiome.
PhD, University of Groningen
2008 → 2012
Award Date: 22 Sept 2014
EUROFUNG think tank in fungal biotechnology
Mar 2023 → …
Feb 2022 → …
Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, University of Manchester
Aug 2020 → Aug 2022
Frontiers in fungal biology
Jun 2020 → …
Aug 2017 → …
- Q Science (General)
- plant biomass degradation
- QD Chemistry
- carbohydrate active enzymes
- SF Animal culture
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Separating fibre from feed – the role of gut fungi in ruminant digestion
1/03/21 → 31/12/22
Elucidating temporal-spatial patterns in lignocellulose degradation by morphologically distinct anaerobe gut fungi
1/10/22 → 30/09/24
Biochemical characterization of a glycoside hydrolase family 43 β-D-galactofuranosidase from the fungus Aspergillus nigerBulmer, G. S., Yuen, F. W., Begum, N., Jones, B. S., Flitsch, S. L. & van Munster, J. M., Mar 2023, In: Enzyme and Microbial Technology. 164, 110170.
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The feruloyl esterase from Thermobacillus xylanilyticus shows broad specificity for processing pre-biotic feruloylated xylooligosaccharides at high temperaturesGarbelotti, C. V., Bulmer, G. S., Ward, R. J. & van Munster, J. M., 30 Mar 2023, In: Food Chemistry. 405, Pt B, 134939.
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A promiscuous glycosyltransferase generates poly-β-1,4-glucan derivatives that facilitate mass spectrometry-based detection of cellulolytic enzymesBulmer, G. S., Mattey, A. P., Parmeggiani, F., Williams, R., Ledru, H., Marchesi, A., Seibt, L. S., Both, P., Huang, K., Galan, M. C., Flitsch, S. L., Green, A. P. & van Munster, J. M., 1 Jun 2021, (First published) In: Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. 19, 25, p. 5529-5533 5 p.
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Biochemical characterization of a glycoside hydrolase family 43 β-D-galactofuranosidase from the fungus Aspergillus nigerBulmer, G. S., Yuen, F. W., Begum, N., Jones, B., Flitsch, S. L. & van Munster, JM., 27 Oct 2021, (First published) bioRxiv.
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Recent advances in enzymatic synthesis of β-glucan and celluloseBulmer, G. S., de Andrade, P., Field, R. A. & van Munster, J. M., Oct 2021, In: Carbohydrate Research. 508, 108411.
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