Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Discovery of substrate-targeted enzymes for the degradation of biomass by Metatranscriptomics
- Author(s): Hess, Matthias
- Zhang, Tao
- Tringe, Susanna
- Mackie, R.
- Rubin, Eddy
- et al.
Current bioethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass is a relatively inefficient process requiring energy-intensive chemical and physical pretreatments (Fig.1). The identification of robust cellulolytic enzymes (e.g., cellulases and hemicellulases) from lignocellulolytic microbial communities is a necessity to achieve the ambitious goal to replace 30percent of the national petroleum based gasoline with bioethanol by 2030.