Latest Lignin Stories
A screening tool from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) eases and greatly quickens one of the thorniest tasks in the biofuels industry: determining cell wall chemistry to find plants with ideal genes.
Digesting lignin, a highly stable polymer that accounts for up to a third of biomass, is a limiting step to producing a variety of biofuels.
Turning lignin, a plant's structural "glue" and a byproduct of the paper and pulp industry, into something considerably more valuable is driving a research effort headed by Amit Naskar of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Occupying a prominent place in our diet and grocery stores, the button mushroom boasts a multibillion-dollar niche. In nature, the same mushroom, Agaricus bisporus, is known to decay leaf matter on the forest floor.
A new study suggests that the evolution of a fungus known as white rot may have ended a 60-million-year-long period responsible for coal deposition.
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.