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Ningning Cheng, Keiichi Koda, Yutaka Tamai, Yoko Yamamoto, Taichi E Takasuka, Yasumitsu Uraki
Amphipathic lignin derivatives (A-LDs) prepared from the black liquor of soda pulping of Japanese cedar are strong accelerators for bioethanol production under a fed-batch simultaneous enzymatic saccharification and fermentation (SSF) process. To improve the bioethanol production concentration, conditions such as reaction temperature, stirring program, and A-LDs loadings were optimized in both small scale and large scale fed-batch SSF. The fed-batch SSF in the presence of 3.0g/L A-LDs at 38°C gave the maximum ethanol production and a high enzyme recovery rate...
February 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Sandra Schläfle, Thomas Senn, Peter Gschwind, Reinhard Kohlus
Stripping of mashes with air as stripping gas and low ethanol contents between 3 and 5wt% was investigated in terms of its suitability for continuous bioethanol production. Experiments in a Blenke cascade system were carried out and the results were compared with values obtained from theoretical vapour-liquid-equilibrium calculations. The whole stripping process was energetically evaluated by a simulation in ChemCAD and compared to conventional distillation. Therefore several parameters such as temperature, air volume flow and initial ethanol load of the mash were varied...
February 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Yachen Dong, Jingjin Hu, Linlin Fan, Qihe Chen
As a typical harmful inhibitor in cellulosic hydrolyzates, acetic acid not only hinders bioethanol production, but also induces cell death in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Herein, we conducted both transcriptomic and metabolomic analyses to investigate the global responses under acetic acid stress at different stages. There were 295 up-regulated and 427 down-regulated genes identified at more than two time points during acetic acid treatment (150 mM, pH 3.0). These differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were mainly involved in intracellular homeostasis, central metabolic pathway, transcription regulation, protein folding and stabilization, ubiquitin-dependent protein catabolic process, vesicle-mediated transport, protein synthesis, MAPK signaling pathways, cell cycle, programmed cell death, etc...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
Vanessa O Leitão, Eliane F Noronha, Brenda R Camargo, Pedro R V Hamann, Andrei S Steindorff, Betania F Quirino, Marcelo Valle de Sousa, Cirano J Ulhoa, Carlos R Felix
The plant cell wall is a source of fermentable sugars in second-generation bioethanol production. However, cellulosic biomass hydrolysis remains an obstacle to bioethanol production in an efficient and low-cost process. Clostridium thermocellum has been studied as a model organism able to produce enzymatic blends that efficiently degrade lignocellulosic biomass, and also as a fermentative microorganism in a consolidated process for the conversion of lignocellulose to bioethanol. In this study, a C. thermocellum strain (designated B8) isolated from goat rumen was characterized for its ability to grow on sugarcane straw and cotton waste, and to produce cellulosomes...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
William B O'Dell, Paul D Swartz, Kevin L Weiss, Flora Meilleur
Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) are carbohydrate-disrupting enzymes secreted by bacteria and fungi that break glycosidic bonds via an oxidative mechanism. Fungal LPMOs typically act on cellulose and can enhance the efficiency of cellulose-hydrolyzing enzymes that release soluble sugars for bioethanol production or other industrial uses. The enzyme PMO-2 from Neurospora crassa (NcPMO-2) was heterologously expressed in Pichia pastoris to facilitate crystallographic studies of the fungal LPMO mechanism...
February 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
Takamitsu Tabata, Yusuke Yoshiba, Tomonori Takashina, Kazuo Hieda, Norio Shimizu
Rice husk is one of the most abundant types of lignocellulosic biomass. Because of its significant amount of sugars, such as cellulose and hemicellulose, it can be used for the production of biofuels such as bioethanol. However, the complex structure of lignocellulosic biomass, consisting of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin, is resistant to degradation, which limits biomass utilization for ethanol production. The protection of cellulose by lignin contributes to the recalcitrance of lignocelluloses to hydrolysis...
March 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Preeti B Subhedar, Pearl Ray, Parag R Gogate
The present work deals with intensification of delignification and subsequent enzymatic hydrolysis of sustainable biomass such as groundnut shells, coconut coir and pistachio shells using ultrasound assisted approach so as to develop an economical approach for obtaining bioethanol. Process intensification, in the current context, is referred to as any improvements giving enhanced rates possibly with lower energy and chemical as well as enzyme requirement for delignification and hydrolysis respectively. Conventional processing for both delignification and enzymatic hydrolysis has also been investigated for establishing the degree of intensification...
January 21, 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Shih-Hsin Ho, Yi-Di Chen, Ching-Yu Chang, Yen-Ying Lai, Chun-Yen Chen, Akihiko Kondo, Nan-Qi Ren, Jo-Shu Chang
BACKGROUND: Although outdoor cultivation systems have been widely used for mass production of microalgae at a relatively low cost, there are still limited efforts on outdoor cultivation of carbohydrate-rich microalgae that were further used as feedstock for fermentative bioethanol production. In particular, the effects of seasonal changes on cell growth, CO2 fixation, and carbohydrate production of the microalgae have not been well investigated. RESULTS: This work demonstrates the feasibility of using outdoor tubular photobioreactors (PBR) for whole-year-round cultivation of a carbohydrate-rich microalga Scenedesmus obliquus CNW-N in southern Taiwan...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Fernanda Resende Ribeiro, Fabiana Passos, Leandro Vinícius Alves Gurgel, Bruno Eduardo Lobo Baêta, Sérgio Francisco de Aquino
In the context of a sugarcane biorefinery, sugarcane bagasse produced may be pretreated generating a solid and liquid fraction. The solid fraction may be used for 2G bioethanol production, while the liquid fraction may be used to produce biogas through anaerobic digestion. The aim of this study consisted in evaluating the anaerobic digestion performance of hemicellulose hydrolysate produced after hydrothermal pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse. For this, hydrothermal pretreatment was assessed in a continuous upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor operated at a hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 18...
February 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Lene Lange
Fungi and fungal enzymes play important roles in the new bioeconomy. Enzymes from filamentous fungi can unlock the potential of recalcitrant lignocellulose structures of plant cell walls as a new resource, and fungi such as yeast can produce bioethanol from the sugars released after enzyme treatment. Such processes reflect inherent characteristics of the fungal way of life, namely, that fungi as heterotrophic organisms must break down complex carbon structures of organic materials to satisfy their need for carbon and nitrogen for growth and reproduction...
January 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
Muhammad N Aftab, Asma Zafar, Ali R Awan
The present work is aimed to evaluate the saccharification potential of a thermostable β-xylosidase cloned from Bacillus licheniformis into Escherichia coli for production of bioethanol from plant biomass. Recombinant β-xylosidase enzyme possesses the ability of bioconversion of plant biomass like wheat straw, rice straw and sugarcane bagass. By using this approach, plant biomass that mainly constitute cellulose can be converted to reducing sugars that could then be easily converted to bioethanol by simple fermentation process...
January 31, 2017: Bioengineered
Muhammad Irfan, Qudsia Mushtaq, Fouzia Tabssum, Hafiz Abdullah Shakir, Javed Iqbal Qazi
In this study, a novel thermophilic strain was isolated from soil and used for cellulase production in submerged fermentation using potato peel as sole carbon source. The bacterium was identified by 16S rRNA gene sequencing technology. Central composite design was applied for enhanced production using substrate concentration, inoculum size, yeast extract and pH as dependent variables. Highest enzyme titer of 3.50 ± 0.11 IU/ml was obtained at 2% substrate concentration, 2% inoculum size, 1% yeast extract, pH 5...
December 2017: AMB Express
Francisco Javier Ríos-Fránquez, Enrique González-Bautista, Teresa Ponce-Noyola, Ana Carmela Ramos-Valdivia, Héctor Mario Poggi-Varaldo, Jaime García-Mena, Alfredo Martinez
Bioethanol is one of the main biofuels produced from the fermentation of saccharified agricultural waste; however, this technology needs to be optimized for profitability. Because the commonly used ethanologenic yeast strains are unable to assimilate cellobiose, several efforts have been made to express cellulose hydrolytic enzymes in these yeasts to produce ethanol from lignocellulose. The C. flavigenabglA gene encoding β-glucosidase catalytic subunit was optimized for preferential codon usage in S. cerevisiae...
January 30, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
Lin-Hui Su, Shuai Zhao, Sui-Xin Jiang, Xu-Zhong Liao, Cheng-Jie Duan, Jia-Xun Feng
In this study, we investigated cellulase production by Penicillium oxalicum EU2106 under solid-state fermentation (SSF) and its hydrolysis efficiency toward NaOH-H2O2-pretreated cassava residue (NHCR) produced after bioethanol fermentation. Optimization of SSF cultivation conditions for P. oxalicum EU2106 using a Box-behnken design-based response-surface methodology resulted in maximal cellulase activity of 34.0 ± 2.8 filter-paper units/g dry substrate, exhibiting a ~ twofold increase relative to activities obtained under non-optimized conditions...
February 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Teng Zhang, Ming-Jun Zhu
A study on the fed-batch simultaneous saccharification and co-fermentation (SSCF) of Fenton reaction combined with NaOH pretreated sugarcane bagasse (SCB) at a high solid loading of 10-30% (w/v) was investigated. Enzyme feeding mode, substrate feeding mode and combination of both were compared with the batch mode under respective solid loadings. Ethanol concentrations of above 80g/L were obtained in batch and enzyme feeding modes at a solid loading of 30% (w/v). Enzyme feeding mode was found to increase ethanol productivity and reduce enzyme loading to a value of 1...
April 2017: Bioresource Technology
Guofeng Zhao, Songyu Fan, Xiaxia Pan, Pengjing Chen, Ye Liu, Yong Lu
A high-performance SiC-foam-structured nanocomposite catalyst of CoO@Cu2O, i.e., 50-100 nm CoO partially covered with ~10 nm Cu2O, is engineered from nano- to macro-scales in one step for high-throughput gas-phase aerobic oxidation of bioethanol to acetaldehyde. Such special CoO@Cu2O nanostructure shows much higher activity/selectivity than other binary metal-oxide assemblies such as CuOx&CoO nano-mixture and inverse Cu2O@CoO nanostructure. The catalyst is facilely but exclusively obtainable by in-situ reaction-induced transformation of their nitrates supported on SiC-foam into CoO@Cu2O nanostructure in the reaction stream, which delivers 95% conversion with 98% selectivity under mild conditions and is stable for at least 150 h for a feed of 20 vol% ethanol (much higher than the literature, 1-6 vol%) at a high EtOH weight hourly space velocity (WHSVEtOH) of 8...
January 23, 2017: ChemSusChem
Xiaojian Yang, Carissa Nath, Alan Doering, John Goihl, Samuel Kofi Baidoo
BACKGROUND: The immense growth in global bioethanol production has greatly increased the supply of by-products such as whole stillage and condensed distiller's solubles, which could be potentially used for animal feeding. The objective of this study was to investigate effects of liquid feeding high levels of corn condensed distiller's solubles (CCDS) and whole stillage (CWS) on growth performance, carcass characteristics, belly firmness and meat sensory traits of pigs. METHODS: A total of 256 pigs were blocked by sex and initial BW (13...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Amanda Cristina Campos Antoniêto, Wellington Ramos Pedersoli, Lílian Dos Santos Castro, Rodrigo da Silva Santos, Aline Helena da Silva Cruz, Karoline Maria Vieira Nogueira, Rafael Silva-Rocha, Antonio Rossi, Roberto Nascimento Silva
Microorganisms play a vital role in bioethanol production whose usage as fuel energy is increasing worldwide. The filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa synthesize and secrete the major enzymes involved in plant cell wall deconstruction. The production of cellulases and hemicellulases is known to be affected by the environmental pH; however, the regulatory mechanisms of this process are still poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the role of the pH regulator PAC-3 in N. crassa during their growth on sugarcane bagasse at different pH conditions...
2017: PloS One
Yuanyuan Zhang, Caiyun Wang, Lulu Wang, Ruoxin Yang, Peilei Hou, Junhong Liu
To achieve a cost-effective bioconversion of lignocellulosic materials, a novel xylose/glucose co-fermentation process by co-culture of cellulose-utilizing recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) and xylan-utilizing recombinant Pichia pastoris (P. pastoris) was developed, in which ethanol was produced directly from wheat straw without additional hydrolytic enzymes. Recombinant S. cerevisiae coexpressing three types of cellulase and recombinant P. pastoris coexpressing two types of xylanase were constructed, respectively...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Bing Wang, Xiao-Jun Shen, Jia-Long Wen, Lin Xiao, Run-Cang Sun
In the present study, Eucalyptus was subjected to organosolv pretreatment processes with aqueous 2-propanol at 200-220°C to obtain lignin with benign characters for its valorization and digestible substrates for bioethanol production. Results showed that different delignification ratios (64.00%-81.26%) and molecular weights (Mw=610-2680g/mol) of lignin fractions were dissociated from various pretreatment conditions, and the glucose yields of all the pretreated substrates significantly increased to 54.65-88...
April 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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