Reduced inhibition of enzymatic hydrolysis of steam-pretreated softwood

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Softwood constitutes the main source of lignocellulosic material in Sweden which can be used for ethanol production from renewable resources. To make the biomass-to-ethanol process more economically feasible, it is preferable to include the sugar-rich prehydrolysate, i.e. the liquid obtained after the pretreatment step, in the enzymatic hydrolysis of the solid fraction. This study shows that the prehydrolysate inhibits cellulose conversion in the enzymatic hydrolysis step. When the prehydrolysate was included in the enzymatic hydrolysis, the cellulose conversion was reduced by up to 36%. However, this inhibition can be overcome by fermentation of the prehydrolysate prior to enzymatic hydrolysis. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-844
JournalEnzyme and Microbial Technology
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Chemical Engineering


  • softwood
  • spruce
  • enzymatic hydrolysis
  • prehydrolysate
  • inhibition
  • fermentation


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