April Liwanag

  • KNAW Utrecht
  • Utrecht
  • The Netherlands

 

My SuBiCat publications:

 

2015  Aromatic metabolism of filamentous fungi in relation to the presence of aromatic compounds in plant biomass

Miia R. Mäkelä, Mila Marinović, Paula Nousiainen, April J.M. Liwanag, Isabelle Benoit, Jussi Sipilä, Annele Hatakka, Ronald P. de Vries, Kristiina S. Hildén, Advances in Applied Microbiology, 2015, 91, 63 (ISBN 9780128022504)

The biological conversion of plant lignocellulose plays an essential role not only in carbon
cycling in terrestrial ecosystems but also is an important part of the production of
second generation biofuels and biochemicals. The presence of the recalcitrant aromatic
polymer lignin is one of the major obstacles in the biofuel/biochemical production process
and therefore microbial degradation of lignin is receiving a great deal of attention.
Fungi are the main degraders of plant biomass, and in particular the basidiomycete
white rot fungi are of major importance in converting plant aromatics due to their ability
to degrade lignin. However, the aromatic monomers that are released from lignin
and other aromatic compounds of plant biomass are toxic for most fungi already at
low levels, and therefore conversion of these compounds to less toxic metabolites is
essential for fungi. Although the release of aromatic compounds from plant biomass
by fungi has been studied extensively, relatively little attention has been given to
the metabolic pathways that convert the resulting aromatic monomers. In this review
we provide an overview of the aromatic components of plant biomass, and their
release and conversion by fungi. Finally, we will summarize the applications of fungal
systems related to plant aromatics.

My SuBiCat poster presentations:

 

Discovery of novel aromatic metabolite enzymes from a ferulic acid-tolerant Aspergillus niger evolution mutant

2nd Symposium on Plant Biomass Conversion by Fungi, Utrecht, The Netherlands, August 2017

 

Discovery of novel aromatic metabolite enzymes from a ferulic acid-tolerant Aspergillus niger evolution mutant

29th Fungal Genetics Conference. Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove, CA, USA, March 2017

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Unlocking the Lignin Degrading Potential of Ascomycete Fungi

11th International Aspergillus Meeting, Seville, Spain, March 22nd – 23rd 2014

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Unlocking the Lignin Degrading Potential of Ascomycete Fungi

12th European Conference on Fungal Genetics, Seville, Spain, March 23rd – 27th 2014

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Unlocking the Lignin Degrading Potential of Ascomycete Fungi

Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass, 2nd International Conference, Aachen, Germany, June 16th – 18h 2014

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E-mail: a.liwanag@cbs.knaw.nl

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