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The life and lifework of Mary Mandels - first lady of cellulase research

The upsurge in research and funding in the biomass-to-biofuels arena has attracted an enormous following of new researchers to the field of cellulases and related plant cell wall-degrading enzymes. The new era in cellulase research coincides with the passing of Mary Mandels, who established the basic concepts in this field many decades ago. Biotechnology for Biofuels honors her memory by publishing this special collection of reviews and articles, which focuses on the fungal cellulases that Mary transformed into a viable scientific area of research.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process.

Submissions to this series are now closed.

  1. Research

    Comparative kinetic analysis of two fungal β-glucosidases

    The enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose is still considered as one of the main limiting steps of the biological production of biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass. It is a complex multistep process, and various...

    Marie Chauve, Hugues Mathis, Delphine Huc, Dominique Casanave, Frédéric Monot and Nicolas Lopes Ferreira

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2010 3:3

    Published on: 11 February 2010

  2. Commentary

    Reflections on the United States Military 1941-1987

    This article, 'Reflections on the United States Military 1941-1987' written by my grandmother, Mary Mandels, illustrates her passion for life. Her outreach article was considered most appropriate for publicati...

    Mary Mandels and Douglas E Eveleigh

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2009 2:20

    Published on: 1 September 2009

  3. Commentary

    Mary Elizabeth Hickox Mandels, 90, bioenergy leader

    Mary E H Mandels, who spearheaded the US Army's national bioconversion studies for four decades and was an early proponent of conversion of waste biomass to readily bioconvertible sugars for the production of ...

    Fred Allen, Raymond Andreotti, Douglas E Eveleigh and John Nystrom

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2009 2:22

    Published on: 1 September 2009

  4. Commentary

    Measurement of saccharifying cellulase

    This article sets forth a simple cellulase assay procedure. Cellulose is variable in nature, insoluble and resistant to enzymatic attack. As a result there have been a bevy of bewildering cellulase assays publ...

    Douglas E Eveleigh, Mary Mandels, Raymond Andreotti and Charles Roche

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2009 2:21

    Published on: 1 September 2009