Cellulosic biomass represents a hugely abundant and renewable source of sugars which could potentially be used as a feedstock for fermentation processes to generate a variety of biofuels and chemical feedstocks. Many microorganisms can effectively degrade cellulosic biomass, using a battery of enzymes, but do not produce useful products. Attempts to engineer biomass-degrading ability into industrially useful hosts have met with only limited success to date. Synthetic biology is a new discipline at the interface of engineering and biology, which aims to enable rational re-engineering of biological systems. In this chapter we will discuss the progress of attempts to apply synthetic biology methods to the generation of recombinant systems which can convert biomass to useful products on an industrial scale.
|Title of host publication||New and Future Developments in Catalysis : Catalytic Biomass Conversion|
|Editors||Steven L. Suib|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Series||New and Future Developments in Catalysis: Catalytic Biomass Conversion|
- Synthetic biology
French, C. E., Barnard, D. K., Fletcher, E., Kane, S. D., Lakhundi, S. S., Liu, C. K., & Elfick, A. (2013). Synthetic Biology for Biomass Conversion. In S. L. Suib (Ed.), New and Future Developments in Catalysis: Catalytic Biomass Conversion (pp. 115-140). Elsevier. New and Future Developments in Catalysis: Catalytic Biomass Conversion https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-444-53878-9.00006-0