Project Title: DEVELOPMENT OF ENRICHMENT CULTURES THAT DEGRADE LIGNIN
Principal Investigators and affiliations:
PI: Dr. Babu Fathepure (Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Oklahoma State University)
Co-PI: Dr. Mark Wilkins (Oklahoma State University)
Co-PI: Dr. Marthah DeLorme (Oklahoma State University)
Start Date: 03/01/2009 End Date: 08/31/2010
We will identify an enrichment culture capable of delignification of crops residues when used alone or in conjunction with physical, chemical, or enzymatic pretreatment techniques for cost-effective conversion of lignocellulosic materials to ethanol.
In addition, the enrichment culture developed from this study can serve as an important source for isolating pure cultures and for studying genes and enzymes involved in the degradation of lignin since little is known about lignin-degrading bacteria, genes and enzymes.