Fungal Enzymes for Bio-Products from Sustainable and Waste Biomass

Vijai K. Gupta*, Christian P. Kubicek, Jean Guy Berrin, David W. Wilson, Marie Couturier, Alex Berlin, Edivaldo X.F. Filho, Thaddeus Ezeji

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Lignocellulose, the most abundant renewable carbon source on earth, is the logical candidate to replace fossil carbon as the major biofuel raw material. Nevertheless, the technologies needed to convert lignocellulose into soluble products that can then be utilized by the chemical or fuel industries face several challenges. Enzymatic hydrolysis is of major importance, and we review the progress made in fungal enzyme technology over the past few years with major emphasis on (i) the enzymes needed for the conversion of polysaccharides (cellulose and hemicellulose) into soluble products, (ii) the potential uses of lignin degradation products, and (iii) current progress and bottlenecks for the use of the soluble lignocellulose derivatives in emerging biorefineries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-645
Number of pages13
JournalTrends in Biochemical Sciences
Issue number7
Early online date17 May 2016
Publication statusPrint publication - 1 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • CAZymes
  • enzymatic hydrolysis.
  • fungal enzymes
  • lignin modifications
  • renewable biomass
  • xylan-degrading enzymes


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