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Biological Valorization of Lignin into High-value Bioproducts

Editors:

Bing-Zhi LiTianjin University, China
Mingfeng CaoXiamen University, China
Zhi-Hua LiuTianjin University, China
Zhen Fang: Nanjing Agricultural University, China
Arthur J. Ragauskas: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
Jean Marie Francois: Institut national des Sciences Appliquées, France

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 December 2024


Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts is calling for submissions to our Collection on Biological Valorization of Lignin into High-value Bioproducts.

As the largest natural reservoir of aromatics, lignin has been considered as a promising feedstock for the sustainable production of fuels, chemicals, and materials. Recently, biological valorization of lignin has emerged as a significant potential since ligninolytic microbes in nature have evolved “biological funnel” pathways to metabolize heterogeneous lignin. Technological advances in lignin valorization hold great promise for the bioconversion of lignin into bioproducts, which will empower the sustainability of biorefineries and substantially contribute to carbon neutrality target worldwide. 

This Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 7, SDG 12 and SDG 15.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Bing-Zhi LiTianjin University, China

Interests: Lignin bioconversion; Synthetic biology; Yeast engineering; Lignocellulose bioconversion




Mingfeng Cao: Xiamen University, China

Interests: Synthetic biology; Metabolic engineering; Enzyme engineering, Renewables Biotechnology




 

Zhi-Hua Liu: Tianjin University, China

Interests: Lignin valorization; Biochemical engineering; Systems and synthetic biology; Sustainable bioproducts



Zhen Fang: Nanjing Agricultural University, China

Interests: Hydrolysis of lignocellulosic wastes; Synthesis of biodiesel; Chemical synthesis of value-added products from lignocellulosic wastes; Thermal conversions





Arthur J. Ragauskas: The University of Tennessee, USA

Interests: Biorefining, Nanolignocellulosics, BioFuels, Bio-Based Materials & Chemicals, BioComposites, Chemistry of Natural Biopolymers including Cellulose



Jean Marie Francois: Institut national des Sciences Appliquées, France

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Interests: Microbial metabolism and physiology; Fungal Cell wall assembly and structure; Systems and synthetic microbial engineering

About the collection

Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts is calling for submissions to our Collection on Biological Valorization of Lignin into High-value Bioproducts.

As the largest natural reservoir of aromatics, lignin has been considered as a promising feedstock for the sustainable production of fuels, chemicals, and materials. Recently, biological valorization of lignin has emerged as a significant potential since ligninolytic microbes in nature have evolved “biological funnel” pathways to metabolize heterogeneous lignin. Technological advances in lignin valorization hold great promise for the bioconversion of lignin into bioproducts, which will empower the sustainability of biorefineries and substantially contribute to carbon neutrality target worldwide.

To make a profitable biological lignin valorization, advanced technical solutions are still required to address the challenges related to lignin bioavailability and bioconversion. We need an in-depth understanding of how emerging technologies depolymerize a highly heterogeneous lignin to improve its bioavailability to microbes. We need to prospect new ligninolytic strains and enzymes toward the degradation of lignin derived molecules. We also need to exploit state-of-art engineering strategies for microbial cell factory design aiming to valorize lignin derived molecules into bioproducts. The above knowledge could drive technological innovation forward and make a sustainable and economically viable lignin valorization. 

In this special collection of Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts, we thereby aim to present articles in the area of biological lignin valorization with the description of new biotechnical solutions to efficiently valorize lignin source for bioproducts. This collection will also show current challenges and prospects of biological lignin valorization, and inform future efforts toward lignin biotransformation. This collection is focused on, but not limited to, the publication of Original Research and Review articles on the following areas:

1) Emerging technical strategies for the fractionation and depolymerization of lignin toward bioconversion

2) New prospecting and engineering strategies for ligninolytic strains and enzymes toward the degradation and conversion of lignin derived molecules

3) State-of-art engineering strategies for microbial cell factory aiming to valorize lignin derived molecules into bioproducts

4) Other novel technical strategies for improving lignin bioconversion and advocating the feasibility of lignin valorization


  1. Lignin, a natural organic polymer that is recyclable and inexpensive, serves as one of the most abundant green resources in nature. With the increasing consumption of fossil fuels and the deterioration of the ...

    Authors: Jinming Gu, Qing Qiu, Yue Yu, Xuejian Sun, Kejian Tian, Menghan Chang, Yibing Wang, Fenglin Zhang and Hongliang Huo
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    Authors: Xiaoling Zhang, Qin Miao, Bingling Tang, Ivan Mijakovic, Xiao-Jun Ji, Lingbo Qu and Yongjun Wei
    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts 2023 16:182
  3. Rhodococci are studied for their bacterial ligninolytic capabilities and proclivity to accumulate lipids. Lignin utilization is a resource intensive process requiring a variety of redox active enzymes and cofacto...

    Authors: Xiaolu Li, Austin Gluth, Song Feng, Wei-Jun Qian and Bin Yang
    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts 2023 16:180
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    Authors: Fan Yang, Jiashu Liu, Bianxia Li, Huanan Li and Zhengbing Jiang
    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts 2023 16:164
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    Authors: Yang Zhang, Wenchang Meng, Yuting He, Yuhui Chen, Mingyu Shao and Jifeng Yuan
    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts 2023 16:160

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system. During the submission process, under the section additional information, you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Biological Valorization of Lignin into High-value Bioproducts" from the dropdown menu.

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The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.