14. Enzymatic Degradation of Lignocellulosic Biomass

  1. Junhua (Alex) Tao2 and
  2. Romas Kazlauskas3
  1. Feng Xu

Published Online: 12 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118028308.ch14

Biocatalysis for Green Chemistry and Chemical Process Development

Biocatalysis for Green Chemistry and Chemical Process Development

How to Cite

Xu, F. (2011) Enzymatic Degradation of Lignocellulosic Biomass, in Biocatalysis for Green Chemistry and Chemical Process Development (eds J. (. Tao and R. Kazlauskas), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118028308.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Institute of Sustainability, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, China

  2. 3

    Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics and The Biotechnology Institute, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, USA

Author Information

  1. Novozymes, Davis, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 6 JUN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470437780

Online ISBN: 9781118028308



  • enzymatic degradation of lignocellulosic biomass;
  • lignocellulose-degrading enzymes - biomass-active enzymes, hydrolytic, lytic or oxidoreductive;
  • oxidoreductases and lignin degradation - organized in three-dimensional, branched and nonrepetitive architecture


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Composition and Structure of Lignocellulosic Materials

  • Degradation, Modification, or Conversion Of Lignocellulose

  • Lignocellulose-Degrading Enzymes: An Overview

  • Cellulases and Cellulose Degradation

  • Hemicellulases and Hemicellulose Degradation

  • Oxidoreductases and Lignin Degradation

  • Biological and Synthetic Enhancers for Enzymatic Degradation of Lignocellulose

  • Recent and Future Developments of Enzymatic Lignocellulose Hydrolysis

  • Acknowledgments

  • References