What is it about?

In this work we present a study on the biotechnological production of short-chain fatty acids derived from the depolimerization of wheat straw lignin. To that end, we used the aromatic degradation capacity of mitosporic fungi Aspergillus fumigatus.

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Why is it important?

We strongly believe that there is scarcity of information regarding the generation of short-chain fatty acids derived from the depolimerization of lignin into aromatic compounds; this is important because fatty acids represent compounds of industrial and energetic value. We have found previous reports in the BTJ (HTTP://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2007.08.054) declaring the usage of wheat straw by physicochemical methods; also, whenever using wheat straw, most reports make use only of the cellulose and hemicellulose components, leaving the lignin part as recalcitrant and less studied.

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We are therefore convinced that the present manuscript is a contribution of interest, wheat straw is an abundant waste that is mainly incinerated in developing countries, and this work addresses the issue of obtaining metabolites of biotechnological value using the least used component of the wheat straw: lignin.

Dr Eduardo Baltierra Trejo
Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo

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This page is a summary of: Production of short-chain fatty acids from the biodegradation of wheat straw lignin by Aspergillus fumigatus, Bioresource Technology, November 2015, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2015.07.105.
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