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Characterization of Microbial Biocatalysts in Lignocellulosic Utilization
Snapshot: Bioconversion of lignocellulosic biomass would benefit from development of second generation bacterial biocatalysts. The bacterium Paenibacillus sp. strain JDR2, originally isolated from decaying sweetgum wood disks, has the ability to process a variety of plant polysaccharides including starch, glucans, and xylans. Characterizing the genetic systems that function to allow for the efficient use of these biomass-derived polysaccharides may provide additional insight into the mechanisms for bioprocessing these substrates.
Comparative expression levels of Paenibacillus sp JDR-2 polysaccharide utilization genes when grown on select plant-derived substrates. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.