Biological Conversion of Hemicellulose Extracts from Wood- Production of Fuel Ethanol by Escherichia coli KO11
Lignocellulose represents a readily available renewable feedstock which may be used in the production of a variety of chemicals and fuels. An integrated bio-refinery could extract hemicellulose while preserving cellulose for pulp production. Fermenting the hemicellulolse derived five carbon sugars is more difficult than fermenting cellulose derived glucose. Increasing the yield through use of hemicellulose is essential to making the bio-refinery economical.