Investigation of lignin biosynthesis in sugarcane for improved lignocellulosic ethanol production

Bewg, William P. (2015) Investigation of lignin biosynthesis in sugarcane for improved lignocellulosic ethanol production. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

As oil use increases at a rate unsustainable for the environment and unmatchable by current levels of oil production, a major shift towards renewable energy is necessary. By expanding the current knowledge of lignin biosynthesis and its manipulation in sugarcane, this PhD contributes to the production of economically viable second generation bioethanol, a fuel produced from plant biomass.

The findings of this thesis contribute to the limited knowledge of lignin biosynthesis and deposition in sugarcane, and the application of biotechnology to produce sugarcane, and the resulting bagasse, with a modified cell wall. Reducing or modifying the lignin content in the cell wall of bagasse can reduce production costs and increase yields of bioethanol. This makes bioethanol more economically competitive with oil as an alternative energy source. A move to using bioethanol over fossil based transport fuels will have global economic and environmental benefits.

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ID Code: 86088
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Coleman, Heather, Harding, Rob, & Kinkema, Mark
Keywords: Bagasse, Lignin biosynthesis, Lignocellulose, RNAi, Second generation bioethanol, Sugarcane, ZmMYB31, ZmMYB42
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2015 06:01
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 06:01

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