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Advances of Basic Science for Second Generation Bioethanol from Sugarcane



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This book focuses on the basic science recently produced in Brazil for the improvement of sugarcane as a bioenergy crop and as a raw material for 2nd generation bioethanol production. It reports achievements that have been advancing the science of cell walls, enzymes, genetics, and sustainability related to sugarcane technologies and give continuity to the research reported in the "Routes to Cellulosic Ethanol", from Springer. The Introduction (Chapter I) explains how the National Institute of Science and Technology of Bioethanol, founded in 2008 in Brazil, became part of the main international initiatives that started to search for forms to use biomass for bioethanol production in Brazil, US and Europe. Part I reports the advances in plant cell wall composition, structure and architecture, and physical characteristics of sugarcane biomass. These discoveries are opening the way to increased efficiency of pretreatments and hydrolysis, being therefore important information for 2nd generation processes as well as for biorefinery initiatives. Part II focuses on the discovery and characterization of hydrolases from microorganisms that could be used in industrial processes. Recent advances in the search for hydrolases using metagenomics is reported. A great number of genes and enzymes from microorganisms have been discovered, affording improvement of enzyme cocktails better adapted to sugarcane biomass. Part III reports two key issues in the process of 2G ethanol, pentose fermentation and sugarcane genetics. These are the discoveries of new yeast species capable of producing ethanol more efficiently from xylose and the advances made on the sugarcane genetics, a key issue to design varieties adapted to 2G ethanol production.Part IV approaches sustainability through two chapters, one discussing the sustainability of the sugarcane agricultural and environmental system and another discussing how national and mainly international policies of Brazil regarding 2G ethanol production affected the country's strategies to establish itself as an international player in renewable energy area.

Author Biography

Marcos Buckeridge is Associate Professor at the Department of Botany of the University of Sao Paulo and Director of the National Institute of Science and Technology of Bioethanol (INCT do Bioetanol), that gathers 32 laboratories in 6 states of Brazil with several collaborations in the US and Europe. Buckeridge published more than 150 papers and chapters and 3 books. From 2009 to 2012 he was Scientific Director of the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CTBE), in Campinas. He is Reviews Editor for the International Journal Trees: Structure and Function (Springer) and Communicating Editor for Bioenergy Research (Springer). In 2010, Buckeridge was appointed a Lead Authors for the next Intergovernmental Panel of Climatic Changes (IPCC) report (AR5) to be released in 2014. He is the actual President of the Academy of Sciences of the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Amanda P. De Souza is PhD in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry and currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. De Souza has 12 years of experience working with physiological responses of crops to Global Climate Changes in Brazil and USA. In her young career, she published about 30 papers and chapters. From 2008 to 2015, she was the Scientific Manager of the National Institute of Science and Technology of Bioethanol (INCT do Bioetanol), assisting the research coordination in more than 30 laboratories across Brazil. During this period she was also involved in projects between Brazil and Europe related to cell wall composition in bioenergy crops.
Release date Australia
May 4th, 2017
Edited by Amanda P. de Souza Edited by Marcos S. Buckeridge
Country of Publication
1st ed. 2017
30 Tables, color; 21 Illustrations, color; 9 Illustrations, black and white; VII, 219 p. 30 illus., 21 illus. in color.
Springer International Publishing AG
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