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Transgenic plants for enhanced biofuel production

Biotechnology for Biofuels is pleased to present a special thematic series focusing on the development of crops for enhanced fuel production. The series covers genetic improvement of plant biomass traits for downstream processing and bio-production. We will continue to add new publications to this Special Issue as they become ready to publish.

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

    Enhanced characteristics of genetically modified switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) for high biofuel production

    Lignocellulosic biomass is one of the most promising renewable and clean energy resources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. However, the resistance to accessibility of sugars e...

    Hui Shen, Charleson R Poovaiah, Angela Ziebell, Timothy J Tschaplinski, Sivakumar Pattathil, Erica Gjersing, Nancy L Engle, Rui Katahira, Yunqiao Pu, Robert Sykes, Fang Chen, Arthur J Ragauskas, Jonathan R Mielenz, Michael G Hahn, Mark Davis, C Neal Stewart Jr…

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2013 6:71

    Published on: 7 May 2013

  2. Research

    Optimization of transplastomic production of hemicellulases in tobacco: effects of expression cassette configuration and tobacco cultivar used as production platform on recombinant protein yields

    Chloroplast transformation in tobacco has been used extensively to produce recombinant proteins and enzymes. Chloroplast expression cassettes can be designed with different configurations of the cis-acting ele...

    Igor Kolotilin, Angelo Kaldis, Eridan Orlando Pereira, Serge Laberge and Rima Menassa

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2013 6:65

    Published on: 3 May 2013

  3. Research

    Plant cell wall profiling by fast maximum likelihood reconstruction (FMLR) and region-of-interest (ROI) segmentation of solution-state 2D 1H–13C NMR spectra

    Interest in the detailed lignin and polysaccharide composition of plant cell walls has surged within the past decade partly as a result of biotechnology research aimed at converting biomass to biofuels. High-r...

    Roger A Chylla, Rebecca Van Acker, Hoon Kim, Ali Azapira, Purba Mukerjee, John L Markley, Véronique Storme, Wout Boerjan and John Ralph

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2013 6:45

    Published on: 26 April 2013

  4. Research

    Lignin biosynthesis perturbations affect secondary cell wall composition and saccharification yield in Arabidopsis thaliana

    Second-generation biofuels are generally produced from the polysaccharides in the lignocellulosic plant biomass, mainly cellulose. However, because cellulose is embedded in a matrix of other polysaccharides an...

    Rebecca Van Acker, Ruben Vanholme, Véronique Storme, Jennifer C Mortimer, Paul Dupree and Wout Boerjan

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2013 6:46

    Published on: 26 April 2013

  5. Research

    Engineering of plants with improved properties as biofuels feedstocks by vessel-specific complementation of xylan biosynthesis mutants

    Cost-efficient generation of second-generation biofuels requires plant biomass that can easily be degraded into sugars and further fermented into fuels. However, lignocellulosic biomass is inherently recalcitr...

    Pia Damm Petersen, Jane Lau, Berit Ebert, Fan Yang, Yves Verhertbruggen, Jin Sun Kim, Patanjali Varanasi, Anongpat Suttangkakul, Manfred Auer, Dominique Loqué and Henrik Vibe Scheller

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2012 5:84

    Published on: 26 November 2012

  6. Research

    Reaction wood – a key cause of variation in cell wall recalcitrance in willow

    The recalcitrance of lignocellulosic cell wall biomass to deconstruction varies greatly in angiosperms, yet the source of this variation remains unclear. Here, in eight genotypes of short rotation coppice will...

    Nicholas JB Brereton, Michael J Ray, Ian Shield, Peter Martin, Angela Karp and Richard J Murphy

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2012 5:83

    Published on: 22 November 2012

  7. Research

    Evaluation of the bioconversion of genetically modified switchgrass using simultaneous saccharification and fermentation and a consolidated bioprocessing approach

    The inherent recalcitrance of lignocellulosic biomass is one of the major economic hurdles for the production of fuels and chemicals from biomass. Additionally, lignin is recognized as having a negative impact...

    Kelsey L Yee, Miguel Rodriguez Jr, Timothy J Tschaplinski, Nancy L Engle, Madhavi Z Martin, Chunxiang Fu, Zeng-Yu Wang, Scott D Hamilton-Brehm and Jonathan R Mielenz

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2012 5:81

    Published on: 12 November 2012

  8. Research

    Down-regulation of the caffeic acid O-methyltransferase gene in switchgrass reveals a novel monolignol analog

    Down-regulation of the caffeic acid 3-O-methyltransferase EC (COMT) gene in the lignin biosynthetic pathway of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) resulted in cell walls of transgenic plants releasing more co...

    Timothy J Tschaplinski, Robert F Standaert, Nancy L Engle, Madhavi Z Martin, Amandeep K Sangha, Jerry M Parks, Jeremy C Smith, Reichel Samuel, Nan Jiang, Yunqiao Pu, Arthur J Ragauskas, Choo Y Hamilton, Chunxiang Fu, Zeng-Yu Wang, Brian H Davison, Richard A Dixon…

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2012 5:71

    Published on: 21 September 2012

  9. Research

    Hemicelluloses negatively affect lignocellulose crystallinity for high biomass digestibility under NaOH and H2SO4 pretreatments in Miscanthus

    Lignocellulose is the most abundant biomass on earth. However, biomass recalcitrance has become a major factor affecting biofuel production. Although cellulose crystallinity significantly influences biomass sa...

    Ning Xu, Wei Zhang, Shuangfeng Ren, Fei Liu, Chunqiao Zhao, Haofeng Liao, Zhengdan Xu, Jiangfeng Huang, Qing Li, Yuanyuan Tu, Bin Yu, Yanting Wang, Jianxiong Jiang, Jingping Qin and Liangcai Peng

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2012 5:58

    Published on: 11 August 2012

  10. Research

    Rapid selection and identification of Miscanthus genotypes with enhanced glucan and xylan yields from hydrothermal pretreatment followed by enzymatic hydrolysis

    Because many Miscanthus genotypes can be cultivated with relatively high productivity and carbohydrate content, Miscanthus has great potential as an energy crop that can support large scale biological production ...

    Taiying Zhang, Charles E Wyman, Katrin Jakob and Bin Yang

    Biotechnology for Biofuels 2012 5:56

    Published on: 3 August 2012