Submitted to: Society of Industrial Microbiology Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/25/2005
Publication Date: 8/25/2005
Citation: Saha, B.C., Cotta, M.A. 2005. Fuel ethanol production from lignocellulose [abstract]. Society of Industrial Microbiology. p. 74. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: In the U.S., the production of fuel ethanol from corn starch reached about 3.4 billion gallons in 2004. Various lignocellulosic biomass resources can serve as abundant low-cost substrates for production of ethanol. The pretreatment of any lignocellulose is essential before enzymatic saccharification. Further, utilization of all sugars present in any lignocellulosic hydrolyzate is necessary for cost-effective production of ethanol. In order to be competitive, the processes for pretreatment, enzymatic saccharification, fermentation, and product recovery steps need to be integrated. In this presentation, our research dealing with the conversion of lignocellulosic agricultural residues to ethanol will be described. The problems and prospects of developing an integrated process for production of ethanol from lignocellulose by fermentation and future directions of research will be presented.