Studies from Cape Peninsula University of Technology Have Provided New Data on Oxidoreductases (Laccase applications in biofuels production: current status and future prospects)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- Research findings on Enzymes and Coenzymes are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting out of Bellville, South Africa, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "The desire to reduce dependence on the ever diminishing fossil fuel reserves coupled with the impetus towards green energy has seen increased research in biofuels as alternative sources of energy. Lignocellulose materials are one of the most promising feedstocks for advanced biofuels production."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, "However, their utilisation is dependent on the efficient hydrolysis of polysaccharides, which in part is dependent on cost-effective and benign pretreatment of biomass to remove or modify lignin and release or expose sugars to hydrolytic enzymes. Laccase is one of the enzymes that are being investigated not only for potential use as pretreatment agents in biofuel production, mainly as a delignifying enzyme, but also as a biotechnological tool for removal of inhibitors (mainly phenolic) of subsequent enzymatic processes. The current review discusses the major advances in the application of laccase as a potential pretreatment strategy, the underlying principles as well as directions for future research in the search for better enzyme-based technologies for biofuel production."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Future perspectives could include synergy between enzymes that may be required for optimal results and the adoption of the biorefinery concept in line with the move towards the global implementation of the bioeconomy strategy."
For more information on this research see: Laccase applications in biofuels production: current status and future prospects. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2014;98(15):6525-6542. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Springer - www.springer.com; Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology - www.springerlink.com/content/0175-7598/)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting T. Kudanga, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Biocatalysis & Technical Biol Res Grp, ZA-7535 Bellville, South Africa.
Keywords for this news article include: Biotechnology, Energy, Biofuel, Laccase, Bellville, Oil and Gas, South Africa, Bioengineering, Oxidoreductases, Enzymes and Coenzymes
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