Technological advances for improving fungal cellulase production from fruit wastes for bioenergy application: A review

Neha Srivastava*, Manish Srivastava, Alaa Alhazmi, Tahreem Kausar, Shafiul Haque, Rajeev Singh, Pramod W. Ramteke, Pradeep Kumar Mishra, Maria Tuohy, Maja Leitgeb, Vijai Kumar Gupta*

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Fruit wastes can be imperative to elevate economical biomass to biofuels production process at pilot scale. Because of the renewable features, huge availability, having low lignin content organic nature and low cost; these wastes can be of much interest for cellulase enzyme production. This review provides recent advances on the fungal cellulase production using fruit wastes as a potential substrate. Also, the availability of fruit wastes, generation and processing data and their potential applications for cellulase enzyme production have been discussed. Several aspects, including cellulase and its function, solid-state fermentation, process parameters, microbial source, and the application of enzyme in biofuels industries have also been discussed. Further, emphasis has been made on various bottlenecks and feasible approaches such as use of nanomaterials, co-culture, molecular techniques, genetic engineering, and cost economy analysis to develop a low-cost based comprehensive technology for viable production of cellulase and its application in biofuels production technology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117370
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Early online date15 May 2021
Publication statusPrint publication - 15 Oct 2021


  • Bioenergy
  • Biofuels
  • Fermentation
  • Fruit waste
  • Fungal cellulase
  • Cellulase/metabolism
  • Technology
  • Fruit/metabolism
  • Lignin/metabolism
  • Biomass


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