Plant Biomass from Grasses: An Underutilized Feedstock for Microbial Production of Chemicals and Biopolymers
Thomas P. West*
Department of Biology and Microbiology, South Dakota State University Brookings, SD 57007, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Thomas P. West
Department of Biology and Microbiology
South Dakota State University, Box 2104A
Brookings, SD 57007, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: October 28, 2013; Accepted date: October 30, 2013; Published date: November 04, 2013
Citation: West TP (2013) Plant Biomass from Grasses: An Underutilized Feedstock for Microbial Production of Chemicals and Biopolymers. J Microb Biochem Technol 5:e115. doi: 10.4172/1948-5948.1000e115
Copyright: © 2013 West TP. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Plant biomass from grasses is an underutilized feedstock for the microbial production of chemicals and biopolymers. Hydrolysates of this type of plant biomass provide sufficient levels of glucose or xylose to support specialty chemical and biopolymer production. Considering the availability of these grasses worldwide, additional studies are needed to determine whether the production of industrially important chemicals and biopolymers from grasses using microbial bioconversion is feasible.