Rapid Bioconversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass by Fungi

  • Adesh Kumar
  • Divya Srivastva
  • Ramesh Chand
Part of the Fungal Biology book series (FUNGBIO)


Fungal degradation of lignocellulosic materials brings a variety of changes in their bio-physico-chemical properties. Lower digestibility of various agricultural residues can be enhanced by fungal treatment. Fungi have numerous applications and biotechnological potential for various industries including chemicals, fuel, pulp, and paper. The capability of fungi to degrade lignocelluloses containing raw materials is due to their highly effective enzymatic system. Along with the hydrolytic enzymes consisting of cellulases and hemicellulases, responsible for polysaccharide degradation, they have a unique nonenzymatic oxidative system which together with lignolytic enzymes is responsible for lignin modification and degradation. It can improve the nutritional quality of lignocellulosic residues by degrading lignin and converting complex polysaccharides into simple sugars. Changes in physical qualities of lignocellulosic biomass that are texture, color, and aroma have been an interesting area of study along with chemical properties. Degradation of lignocellulose not only upgrades the quality of degraded biomass, but helps simultaneous production of different commercial enzymes and other by-products of interest.


Fungi Bioconversion Lignocellulosic biomass Solid state fermentation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adesh Kumar
    • 1
  • Divya Srivastva
    • 1
  • Ramesh Chand
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant Molecular Biology and Genetic EngineeringN.D. University of Agriculture and TechnologyFaizabadIndia
  2. 2.Department of NematologyN.D. University of Agriculture and TechnologyFaizabadIndia

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