Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 387–396 | Cite as

Biotechnological applications and potential of fungal feruloyl esterases based on prevalence, classification and biochemical diversity

  • Isabelle Benoit
  • Etienne G. J. Danchin
  • Robert-Jan Bleichrodt
  • Ronald P. de VriesEmail author


Feruloyl esterases are part of the enzymatic spectrum employed by fungi and other microorganisms to degrade plant polysaccharides. They release ferulic acid and other aromatic acids from these polymeric structures and have received an increasing interest in industrial applications such as in the food, pulp and paper and bio-fuel industries. This review provides an overview of the current knowledge on fungal feruloyl esterases focussing in particular on the differences in substrate specificity, regulation of their production, prevalence of these enzymes in fungal genomes and industrial applications.


Applications Feruloyl esterases Fungi Phylogeny Substrate specificity 



R.P. de Vries was supported by The Netherlands Technology Foundation (STW) VIDI project UGC.7063.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabelle Benoit
    • 1
  • Etienne G. J. Danchin
    • 2
    • 4
  • Robert-Jan Bleichrodt
    • 3
  • Ronald P. de Vries
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Unité Génie Microbiologique et Enzymatique, SupAgro-INRAMontpellierFrance
  2. 2.Architecture et Fonction des Macromolecules Biologiques, UMR6098 CNRSUniversites Aix-Marseille I & IIMarseille cedex 9France
  3. 3.Microbiology, Science FacultyUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  4. 4.UMR INRA-CNRS-UNSASophia Antipolis CedexFrance

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