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June 1, 2014


BIOPROCESSING OF RENEWABLE RESOURCES TO COMMODITY BIOPRODUCTS Virendra S. Bisarla and Akihiko Kondo, Eds., John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ, $139.95,589 pages, April 2019, ISBN: 978-1-118-17583-5

Bioproducts made from renewable resources must first be converted from lignocelluloic biomass to their constituent monomers, comprised mainly of sugars such as glucose, xylose, mannose, and arabinose. This book begins with this first step and includes information on crucial aspects of the pretreatment and hydrolysis of biomass to produce a high yield of sugars. General bioprocessing technologies that enable the development of biorefineries through inputs of metabolic engineering, fermentation, downstream processing, and formulation are also discussed.

The second part of the book gives a status update on the current and future directions of the biological processes used to make products such as ethanol, solvents (butanol, isobutanol, butanediols, and propanediols), and organic acids (lactic acid, 3-hydroxy propionic acid, fumaric acid, succinic acid, adipic acid, and glutamic acid).

Some topics covered include the application of metabolic engineering for developing microbial cell factories, issues associated with commercial production of bioproducts, and sustainable green technologies for the utilization of renewable resources. Researchers, professionals, graduate students, and consultants in the fields of biochemical/bioprocess engineering, industrial microbiology, bioprocess technology, metabolic engineering, environmental science, and energy will find this book to be a useful resource.

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Source: Chemical Engineering Progress

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