Volume 90 Issue 27 | p. 11 | News of The Week
Issue Date: July 2, 2012

Genomics Of White Rot Fungi Yields New Enzymes, Explains End Of Major Coal Formation

Comparative study of lignin-decaying organisms could open new avenues to biofuels
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: biomass, biofuel, enzymes, lignin, cellulose, coal

A comparative study of the genomes of 31 fungi has shed light on how white rot fungi evolved the ability to degrade the recalcitrant plant biopolymer lignin (Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1221748). The findings provide an opening for researchers to use or reengineer fungal enzymes to advance biofuel production.

Scientists already have an arsenal of enzymes to attack cellulose and hemicellulose—the primary components of plant . . .

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