The cellulolytic system of the termite gut

  title={The cellulolytic system of the termite gut},
  author={Helmut K{\"o}nig and Lin Li and J{\"u}rgen Fr{\"o}hlich},
  journal={Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology},
The demand for the usage of natural renewable polymeric material is increasing in order to satisfy the future needs for energy and chemical precursors. Important steps in the hydrolysis of polymeric material and bioconversion can be performed by microorganisms. Over about 150 million years, termites have optimized their intestinal polysaccharide-degrading symbiosis. In the ecosystem of the “termite gut,” polysaccharides are degraded from lignocellulose, such as cellulose and hemicelluloses, in… CONTINUE READING


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