The cellulose paradox: pollutant par excellence and/or a reclaimable natural resource?

  title={The cellulose paradox: pollutant par excellence and/or a reclaimable natural resource?},
  author={Edward A Bayer and Raphael Lamed},
The various aspects of cellulose as a pollutant are considered in view of its lack of toxicity on the one hand and its recalcitrant durable nature on the other. The microbial degradation of cellulosics is discussed, and the contrast between its success in handling natural cellulosic wastes versus its failure to cope with man-made refuse is described. Research carried out in the past decade has demonstrated that cellulolytic organisms are provided with cell surface multifunctional multienzyme… CONTINUE READING


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