Lignocellulosic Biomass in Biotechnology

Lignocellulosic Biomass in Biotechnology

1st Edition - July 13, 2021

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  • Author: Pratima Bajpai
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128218891
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128219065

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Lignocellulosic Biomass in Biotechnology highlights significant aspects of lignocellulose biotechnology, demonstrating its potential value from an application perspective. Sections cover the physico-chemical characteristics of lignocellulosic biomass, the physical and structural properties of hemicelluloses, celluloses and lignin, sources of lignocellulosic biomass , microorganisms and their lignocellulytic enzymes, enzymatic degradation of lignocellulosic biomass, regulation of cell-wall degrading enzymes, barriers to lignocellulose biodegradation, biotechnological importance of lignocellulosic biomass, lignocellulosic pretreatment techniques, bioprocessing of lignocellulosic biomass, lignocellulosic biomass pretreatment methods, valuable chemicals and products, techno-economic evaluation and future perspectives. This book answers questions surrounding the biotechnology of lignocelluloses. It is ideal for both students and professionals in the industry supply chain. It also provides a reference for researchers and administrators engaged in the utilization and industrial development of agricultural resources.

Key Features

  • Presents recent advances in the processing of lignocellulosic biomass
  • Highlights significant aspects of lignocelluloses biotechnology, with an emphasis on its potential value from an application perspective
  • Looks at the cost of enzymes and the potential of modern approaches that could be employed to reduce the cost
  • Summarizes the new achievements that have emerged in the biotechnology of lignocelluloses in recent years
  • Discusses a wide range of topics related to the fundamental and applied aspects of lignocellulose utilization, processing and biotechnological applications


Students, teachers, scientists and engineers in the disciplines of biotechnology, life sciences, microbiology, biochemistry, applied chemistry and environmental sciences and engineering

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction

    2. Physico-chemical characteristics of  lignocellulosic biomass
    Physical and structural properties of hemicelluloses
    Physical and structural properties of celluloses
    Physical and structural properties of lignin

    3. Sources of lignocellulosic biomass
    Energy crops
    Agricultural residues and wastes
    Industrial residues and wastes

    4. Microorganisms and their lignocellulytic enzymes

    5. Enzymatic Degradation of Lignocellulosic Biomass
    Degradation of Cellulose
    Degradation of Hemicellulose
    Degradation of Lignin
    Degradation of pectin

    6. Regulation of Cell-Wall Degrading Enzymes Production in Fungi

    7. Barriers to lignocellulose biodegradation
    Microorganism access to substrate
    Enzyme access to substrate
    Toxicity of lignin-carbohydrate complexes and lignocellulose degradation intermediates

    8. Biotechnological importance of lignocellulosic biomass

    9. Lignocellulosic pretreatment techniques

    10. Bioprocessing of Lignocellulosic biomass

    11. Lignocellulosic Biomass Treatment Methods

    12. Valuable Chemicals and Products from Lignocellulosic Biomass

    13. Techno-economic and environmental evaluation

    14. Future perspectives

Product details

  • No. of pages: 248
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: July 13, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128218891
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128219065

About the Author

Pratima Bajpai

Dr. Pratima Bajpai is currently working as a Consultant in the field of Paper and Pulp. She has over 36 years of experience in research at the National Sugar Institute, University of Saskatchewan, the University of Western Ontario, in Canada, in addition to the Thapar Research and Industrial Development Centre, in India. She also worked as a visiting professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and as a visiting researcher at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. She has been named among the World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University in the list published in October 2021. This is the second consecutive year that she has made it into the prestigious list. Dr. Bajpai's main areas of expertise are industrial biotechnology, pulp and paper, and environmental biotechnology. She has contributed immensely to the field of industrial biotechnology and is a recognized expert in the field. Dr. Bajpai has written several advanced level technical books on environmental and biotechnological aspects of pulp and paper which have been published by leading publishers in the United States and Europe. She has also contributed chapters to a number of books and encyclopedia, obtained 11 patents, written several technical reports, and has implemented several processes in Indian Paper mills. Dr. Bajpai is an active member of the American Society of Microbiologists and is a reviewer of many international research journals. She has also handled several Sponsored Research Projects from industry and government agencies. She is an active member of the New York Academy of Science, American Society for Microbiology, and many more.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant-Pulp and Paper, Kanpur, India

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