Furfural and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) are the degradation products of lignocellulose during pretreatment operations and significantly inhibit the consequent enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation processes. The biodetoxification fungus Amorphotheca resinae ZN1 had demonstrated its excellent capacity on degrading lignocellulose derived inhibitors and helped the fermentation processes to achieve high yield of ethanol and biochemicals …
Provided the furfuryl/HMF alcohols can be recovered economically, this process may add another pathway to furfural chemistry.
* Alternatively, there are conventional and other new technologies available that are suitable alternatives to detoxify fermentation inhibitors, as described in http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2014/ra/c3ra43512a.
Example for the uses of the furfural chemistry: http://blog.dalinyebo.com/green-pet-bottles-from-furfural
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