Sachin Kumar and Richa Arora
Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Bio-Energy, India
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Biol Med (Aligarh)
The gradual changes in environmental conditions due to depletion of fossil-derived fuels and increased level of energy crisis are serving as the dynamic forces for the development of alternative sources of energy. Current research on biofuels mainly focuses on lignocellulosics which includes agricultural, forestry, municipal solid and industrial wastes owing to their availability. Apart from the feedstock, another major challenge is to make the conversion of this recalcitrant biomass to simple sugars economically feasible. In this regard, biofuel production can be made efficient and commercially viable through the unique set of thermophilic enzymes known as cellulosomal enzymes. Recent advances in cellulosomics highlighting their significant role in biomass-based biorefineries will be discussed. The concept of construction of designer cellulosomes and their challenges will also be discussed. This would provide a comprehensive update of the physiology of thermophilic cellulosomeproducing microorganisms.
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