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Chemicals and Bioproducts from Biomass

Recently, Biotechnology for Biofuels took the decision to widen its scope to also include articles on the biological production of chemicals and bioproducts derived from biomass and CO2. Whereas a large proportion of the articles in Biotechnology for Biofuels still deal with the pretreatment, hydrolysis and bioconversion of lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol, the journal also has published a number of interesting articles related to bio-based chemicals and other bioproducts. This retrospective thematic issue assembles recent articles since 2015 to highlight these areas of research.

Edited by James du Preez

  1. Content type: Research

    Glycolic acid (GA) is a two-carbon hydroxyacid with applications in the cosmetic, textile, and medical industry. Microbial GA production from all sugars can be achieved by engineering the natural glyoxylate sh...

    Authors: Ceren Alkim, Debora Trichez, Yvan Cam, Lucie Spina, Jean Marie François and Thomas Walther

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:201

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  2. Content type: Research

    To develop pathways for advanced biofuel production, and to understand the impact of host metabolism and environmental conditions on heterologous pathway engineering for economic advanced biofuels production f...

    Authors: Shihui Yang, Ali Mohagheghi, Mary Ann Franden, Yat-Chen Chou, Xiaowen Chen, Nancy Dowe, Michael E. Himmel and Min Zhang

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:189

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  3. Content type: Research

    Integrating waste management with fuels and chemical production is considered to address the food waste problem and oil crisis. Approximately, 600 million tonnes crude glycerol is produced from the biodiesel i...

    Authors: Cuijuan Gao, Xiaofeng Yang, Huaimin Wang, Cristina Perez Rivero, Chong Li, Zhiyong Cui, Qingsheng Qi and Carol Sze Ki Lin

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:179

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  4. Content type: Research

    Increasing interest of non-conventional yeasts has been observed for many years due to their biochemical characteristics and potential applications. Well-studied, oleaginous yeast Y. lipolytica is an attractive h...

    Authors: Aleksandra M. Mirończuk, Dorota A. Rzechonek, Anna Biegalska, Magdalena Rakicka and Adam Dobrowolski

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:180

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  5. Content type: Research

    Glycerol, a byproduct of biodiesel, has become a readily available and inexpensive carbon source for the production of high-value products. However, the main drawback of glycerol utilization is the low consump...

    Authors: Ruilian Yao, Dewang Xiong, Hongbo Hu, Masataka Wakayama, Wenjuan Yu, Xuehong Zhang and Kazuyuki Shimizu

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:175

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  6. Content type: Research

    Photosynthetic organisms can be used for renewable and sustainable production of fuels and high-value compounds from natural resources. Costs for design and operation of large-scale algae cultivation systems c...

    Authors: Robert J. Flassig, Melanie Fachet, Kai Höffner, Paul I. Barton and Kai Sundmacher

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:165

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  7. Content type: Research

    Biohythane is a new and high-value transportation fuel present as a mixture of biomethane and biohydrogen. It has been produced from different organic matters using anaerobic digestion. Bioenergy can be recove...

    Authors: Qian Liu, Zhiyong Jason Ren, Cong Huang, Bingfeng Liu, Nanqi Ren and Defeng Xing

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:162

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  8. Content type: Research

    In order to establish a cost-efficient biodiesel biorefinery, valorization of its main by-product, crude glycerol, is imperative. Recently, Ustilago trichophora TZ1 was found to efficiently produce malic acid fro...

    Authors: Thiemo Zambanini, Wiebke Kleineberg, Eda Sarikaya, Joerg M. Buescher, Guido Meurer, Nick Wierckx and Lars M. Blank

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:135

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  9. Content type: Review

    Poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) is a naturally occurring biopolymer made from repeating units of l-glutamic acid, d-glutamic acid, or both. Since some bacteria are capable of vigorous γ-PGA biosynthesis from renewab...

    Authors: Zhiting Luo, Yuan Guo, Jidong Liu, Hua Qiu, Mouming Zhao, Wei Zou and Shubo Li

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:134

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  10. Content type: Research

    C5–C8 medium-chain carboxylic acids are valuable chemicals as the precursors of various chemicals and transport fuels. However, only a few strict anaerobes have been discovered to produce them and their produc...

    Authors: Byoung Seung Jeon, Okkyoung Choi, Youngsoon Um and Byoung-In Sang

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:129

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  11. Content type: Research

    2,3-Butanediol (2,3-BD) can be used as a liquid fuel additive to replace petroleum oil, and as an important platform chemical in the pharmaceutical and plastic industries. Microbial production of 2,3-BD by Bacill...

    Authors: Yimin Qiu, Jinyan Zhang, Lu Li, Zhiyou Wen, Christopher T. Nomura, Shuilin Wu and Shouwen Chen

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:117

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  12. Content type: Research

    Cyanobacteria are phototrophic prokaryotes that convert inorganic carbon as CO2 into organic compounds at the expense of light energy. They need only inorganic nutrients and can be cultivated to high densities us...

    Authors: Nadin Pade, Sabrina Erdmann, Heike Enke, Frederik Dethloff, Ulf Dühring, Jens Georg, Juliane Wambutt, Joachim Kopka, Wolfgang R. Hess, Ralf Zimmermann, Dan Kramer and Martin Hagemann

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:89

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  13. Content type: Research

    Synthesis gas, a mixture of CO, H2, and CO2, is a promising renewable feedstock for bio-based production of organic chemicals. Production of medium-chain fatty acids can be performed via chain elongation, utilizi...

    Authors: Martijn Diender, Alfons J. M. Stams and Diana Z. Sousa

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:82

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  14. Content type: Research

    Microbes have been extensively explored for production of environment-friendly fuels and chemicals. The microbial fermentation pathways leading to these commodities usually involve many redox reactions. This m...

    Authors: Mukesh Saini, Si-Yu Li, Ze Win Wang, Chung-Jen Chiang and Yun-Peng Chao

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:69

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  15. Content type: Research

    The large surplus of crude glycerol, as main low-value waste stream in biodiesel production, has led to the investigation of new possibilities for the production of value-added chemicals from this feedstock. N...

    Authors: Thiemo Zambanini, Eda Sarikaya, Wiebke Kleineberg, Joerg M. Buescher, Guido Meurer, Nick Wierckx and Lars M. Blank

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:67

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  16. Content type: Research

    Geraniol is an acyclic monoterpene alcohol, which exhibits good prospect as a gasoline alternative. Geraniol is naturally encountered in plants at low concentrations and an attractive target for microbial engi...

    Authors: Wei Liu, Xin Xu, Rubing Zhang, Tao Cheng, Yujin Cao, Xiaoxiao Li, Jiantao Guo, Huizhou Liu and Mo Xian

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:58

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:131

  17. Content type: Research

    Biologically produced alkanes can be used as ‘drop in’ to existing transportation infrastructure as alkanes are important components of gasoline and jet fuels. Despite the reported microbial production of alka...

    Authors: Hua Ling, Nina Kurniasih Pratomo Juwono, Wei Suong Teo, Ruirui Liu, Susanna Su Jan Leong and Matthew Wook Chang

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2015 8:231

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  18. Content type: Research

    A wide range of value-added by-products can be potentially produced from waste activated sludge (WAS) through anaerobic fermentation, among which short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) are versatile green chemicals,...

    Authors: Zechong Guo, Aijuan Zhou, Chunxue Yang, Bin Liang, Thangavel Sangeetha, Zhangwei He, Ling Wang, Weiwei Cai, Aijie Wang and Wenzong Liu

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2015 8:192

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in Biotechnology for Biofuels 2016 9:65

  19. Content type: Research

    Acetic acid is routinely generated during lignocelluloses degradation, syngas fermentation, dark hydrogen fermentation and other anaerobic bioprocesses. Acetate stream is commonly regarded as a by-product and ...

    Authors: Zhiwei Gong, Hongwei Shen, Wengting Zhou, Yandan Wang, Xiaobing Yang and Zongbao K. Zhao

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2015 8:189

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  20. Content type: Research

    Bio-manufacturing of high-value chemicals in parallel to renewable biofuels has the potential to dramatically improve the overall economic landscape of integrated lignocellulosic biorefineries. However, this w...

    Authors: Michael F. A. Bradfield, Ali Mohagheghi, Davinia Salvachúa, Holly Smith, Brenna A. Black, Nancy Dowe, Gregg T. Beckham and Willie Nicol

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2015 8:181

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  21. Content type: Research

    Numerous strategies have evolved recently for the generation of genetically modified or synthetic microalgae and cyanobacteria designed for production of ethanol, biodiesel and other fuels. In spite of their o...

    Authors: Ana F. Miranda, Mohamed Taha, Digby Wrede, Paul Morrison, Andrew S. Ball, Trevor Stevenson and Aidyn Mouradov

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2015 8:179

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  22. Content type: Research

    Biodiesel is a mixture of fatty acid short-chain alkyl esters of different fatty acid carbon chain lengths. However, while fatty acid methyl or ethyl esters are useful biodiesel produced commercially, fatty ac...

    Authors: Wei Suong Teo, Hua Ling, Ai-Qun Yu and Matthew Wook Chang

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2015 8:177

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  23. Content type: Research

    3-Hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP) is an important platform chemical that boasts a variety of industrial applications. Gene expression systems inducible by 3-HP, if available, are of great utility for optimization...

    Authors: Shengfang Zhou, Satish Kumar Ainala, Eunhee Seol, Trinh Thi Nguyen and Sunghoon Park

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2015 8:169

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  24. Content type: Research

    2,3-Butanediol (2,3-BDO) is a promising bio-based chemical because of its wide industrial applications. Previous studies on microbial production of 2,3-BDO has focused on sugar fermentation. Alternatively, bio...

    Authors: Sukhyeong Cho, Taeyeon Kim, Han Min Woo, Yunje Kim, Jinwon Lee and Youngsoon Um

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2015 8:146

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Biogenic hydrocarbons (biohydrocarbons) are broadly accepted to be the ideal ‘drop-in’ biofuel alternative to petroleum-based fuels due to their highly similar chemical composition and physical characteristics...

    Authors: Jinyong Yan, Yi Liu, Cong Wang, Bingnan Han and Shengying Li

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2015 8:34

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Glycerol generated during renewable fuel production processes is potentially an attractive substrate for the production of value-added materials by fermentation. An engineered strain MITXM-61 of the oleaginous...

    Authors: Kazuhiko Kurosawa, Andreas Radek, Jens K Plassmeier and Anthony J Sinskey

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2015 8:31

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Photoautotrophic microalgae are a promising avenue for sustained biodiesel production, but are compromised by low yields of biomass and lipids at present. We are developing a chemical approach to improve micro...

    Authors: Ali Parsaeimehr, Zhilan Sun, Xiao Dou and Yi-Feng Chen

    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels 2015 8:11

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