The biological degradation of cellulose.

  title={The biological degradation of cellulose.},
  author={Pierre B{\'e}guin and J. P. Aubert},
  journal={FEMS microbiology reviews},
  volume={13 1},
Cellulolytic microorganisms play an important role in the biosphere by recycling cellulose, the most abundant carbohydrate produced by plants. Cellulose is a simple polymer, but it forms insoluble, crystalline microfibrils, which are highly resistant to enzymatic hydrolysis. All organisms known to degrade cellulose efficiently produce a battery of enzymes with different specificities, which act together in synergism. The study of cellulolytic enzymes at the molecular level has revealed some of… CONTINUE READING