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Bioenergetic Aspects of Xylitol Production from Lignocellulosic Materials

  • Attilio ConvertiEmail author
  • Patrizia Perego
  • José Manuel Domínguez González
  • Janaína Teles de Faria
  • Fábio Coelho Sampaio


With the aim of identifying the best experimental conditions able to optimize the industrial production of xylitol from lignocellulosic materials, this chapter provides a review about the present knowledge on the use of material and bioenergetic balances implied in xylose-to-xylitol bioconversion by yeasts. To this purpose, xylose metabolism was investigated in three different pentose-metabolizing yeasts, namely, Pachysolen tannophilus, Candida guilliermondii and Debaryomyces hansenii, using different lignocellulosic hydrolyzates as carbon and energy sources. The main hypotheses on which material and bioenergetic balances were based are (a) fermentative assimilation of xylose, (b) semi-aerobic xylose-to-xylitol bioconversion, (c) biomass growth from pentoses, (d) catabolic oxidation of xylose and (e) NADH regeneration by the electron transport system. Similar approaches could be proposed to investigate and model other semi-aerobic processes.


Material balances Bioenergetics Xylitol production Lignocellulosics Yeasts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Attilio Converti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Patrizia Perego
    • 1
  • José Manuel Domínguez González
    • 2
  • Janaína Teles de Faria
    • 3
  • Fábio Coelho Sampaio
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Process EngineeringGenoa UniversityGenoaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringPolytechnical Building, Vigo UniversityOurenseSpain
  3. 3.Department of Food TechnologyFederal University of ViçosaViçosaBrazil
  4. 4.Department of PharmacyFederal University of Vales do Jequitinonha e MucriDiamantinaBrazil

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