The Production and Utilization of Lignocellulose

  • P. Broda
Conference paper
Part of the Dahlem Workshop Reports book series (DAHLEM, volume 35)

Abstract

Many poorer countries depend for energy and chemicals for development upon renewable resources. Biotechnology has a part to play in improving production of biomass and in possible processes for its conversion to fuels and chemical feedstocks. Economic, political, social, and environmental considerations as well as scientific and technological advances will determine how much progress is made. Although there is a diversity of materials, ranging from wood and sugarcane bagasse to municipal solid waste and animal waste, there are some unifying features. There is the need to understand the biological attack of lignin and of crystalline cellulose and the design of processes such as solid-substrate fermentations that would be applicable to developing countries.

Keywords

Biomass Sugar Starch Carbohydrate Shale 

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© Dr. S. Bernhard, Dahlem Konferenzen, Berlin 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Broda
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Biochemistry and Applied Molecular BiologyUniversity of Manchester Institute of Science and TechnologyManchesterEngland

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