Toward Elucidating the Mechanism of Action of the Ligninolytic Systems in Basidiomycetes

  • T. Kent Kirk
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series


The fact that this lecture is scheduled between lectures on xylanases and amylases perhaps illustrates the common misconception that the ligninolytic system bears a close biochemical similarity to other common biopolymer-degrading microbial systems. It does not. It is a most unusual system which has not yet been defined biochemically. However, recent studies, which I shall review here, have resulted in progress toward this end.


Lignin Degradation Phanerochaete Chrysosporium Coniferyl Alcohol Lignin Polymer COOH COOH 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Kent Kirk
    • 1
  1. 1.Forest Products Laboratory, Forest ServiceU. S. Department of AgricultureMadisonUSA

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