Mapping the diversity of microbial lignin catabolism: experiences from the eLignin database

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Lignin is a heterogeneous aromatic biopolymer and a major constituent of lignocellulosic biomass, such as wood and agricultural residues. Despite the high amount of aromatic carbon present, the severe recalcitrance of the lignin macromolecule makes it difficult to convert into value-added products. In nature, lignin and lignin-derived aromatic compounds are catabolized by a consortia of microbes specialized at breaking down the natural lignin and its constituents. In an attempt to bridge the gap between the fundamental knowledge on microbial lignin catabolism, and the recently emerging field of applied biotechnology for lignin biovalorization, we have developed the eLignin Microbial Database (, an openly available database that indexes data from the lignin bibliome, such as microorganisms, aromatic substrates, and metabolic pathways. In the present contribution, we introduce the eLignin database, use its dataset to map the reported ecological and biochemical diversity of the lignin microbial niches, and discuss the findings.


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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

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Sidor (från-till)3979–4002
TidskriftApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
StatusPublished - 2019
Peer review utfördJa

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Daniel Brink, 2019 okt 14, Department of Chemistry, Lund University. 262 s.

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