From rumen to industry

  title={From rumen to industry},
  author={Michael G Sauer and Hans Marx and Diethard Mattanovich},
  booktitle={Microbial cell factories},
The rumen is one of the most complicated and most fascinating microbial ecosystems in nature. A wide variety of microbial species, including bacteria, fungi and protozoa act together to bioconvert (ligno)cellulosic plant material into compounds, which can be taken up and metabolized by the ruminant. Thus, the rumen perfectly resembles a solution to a current industrial problem: the biorefinery, which aims at the bioconversion of lignocellulosic material into fuels and chemicals. We suggest to… CONTINUE READING

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