Lignin plays a negative role in the biochemical process for producing lignocellulosic biofuels.

@article{Zeng2014LigninPA,
  title={Lignin plays a negative role in the biochemical process for producing lignocellulosic biofuels.},
  author={Yining Zeng and Shuai Zhao and Shihui Yang and Shi-You Ding},
  journal={Current opinion in biotechnology},
  year={2014},
  volume={27},
  pages={
          38-45
        }
}
A biochemical platform holds the most promising route toward lignocellulosic biofuels, in which polysaccharides are hydrolyzed by cellulase enzymes into simple sugars and fermented to ethanol by microbes. However, these polysaccharides are cross-linked in the plant cell walls with the hydrophobic network of lignin that physically impedes enzymatic deconstruction. A thermochemical pretreatment process is often required to remove or delocalize lignin, which may also generate inhibitors that… CONTINUE READING
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