This book covers both basic and applied sciences in a rather specified area of pulp and paper manufacture. The basic science of lignocellulose enzymology and plant genetics is covered also in many other contexts, whereas the application of biotechnology in process and product development is thoroughly reviewed. All the latest advances as well as new ideas of the research field are covered. This book will serve as an updated and compact information package of biotechnical aspects and the most recent advances of the pulp and paper industry sector.

Table of Contents

Preface. Trends in pulp and paper biotechnology (L. Viikari). Biotechnology in the pulp and paper industry. A challenge for change (A. Ragauskas). Structure and fibre modification. Alterations of lignin biosynthesis have tissue-specific impact on cell wall formation (K. Ruel, M.-D. Montiel, J.-P. Joseleau). Cellulases: Agents for fiber modification or bioconversion? The effect of substrate accessibility on cellulose enzymatic hydrolyzability (A.R. Esteghlalian, S.D. Mansfield, J.N. Saddler). Lignocellulose oxidation by low molecular weight metal-binding compounds isolated from wood degrading fungi: A comparison of brown rot and white rot systems and the potential application of chelator-mediated Fenton reactions (B. Goodell et al.). Dislocations and balloon swelling in spruce kraft pulp fibres - Effect of cellulases, xylanase and laccase/HBT (P. Ander). Biopulping. Recent developments in biopulping technology at Madison, WI (G.M. Scott et al.). Attempts to correlate biopulping benefits with changes in the chemical structure of wood components and enzymes produced during the wood biotreatment with Ceriporiopsis subvermispora (A. Ferraz et al.). Fungi as potential assisting agents in softwood pulping (A. Hatakka et al.). Fundamentals of oxidative enzymes. (N-Hydroxy mediated laccase biocatalysis: recent progress on its mechanism and future prospect of its application (F. Xu, K. Li, T.J. Elder). Metal-activated laccase promoters (V. Faraco et al.). Protease mediated processing of a Cu-induced laccase in Pleurotus ostreatus: a natural approach to improve protein stability (P. Giardina et al.). Reactivity of high and low molar mass lignin in the laccase catalysed oxidation (M.-L. Niku-Paavola et al.). The effect of oxidation with single electron oxidants compared to laccase treatment of TMP wood fibres (S. Barsberg, J


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