Glucose Formation During Biodegradation of Kraft-pretreated Sawdust from the Lagos Area, Nigeria
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van Wyk, J.P.H.
International Journal of Environment
The development of an effective and low-cost biomass to ethanol system has gained global recognition as the depletion of non-renewable energy resources and negative environmental issues surrounding fossil fuel combustion is increased. Environmental pollution and increasing health hazards associated with growing volumes of wood waste generated along the Lagos Lagoon in Nigeria has grown to unbearable limits. Sawdust from twenty different wood species along the Lagos Lagoon was subjected to Kraftpretreatment in solubilizing its lignin component thus releasing cellulose fibers susceptible for saccharification by Trichoderma viride cellulase. The amount of sugars released was calculated after 30 min, 1 h, 3 h and 6 h of incubation with the cellulolytic enzyme. Different sugar releasing patterns were obtained from the various sawdust samples and after 6 h of degradation the highest sugar concentration of 13.50 mg. mL-1 was released from Lophira alata cellulose while the lowest concentration of 2.30 mg. mL-1 resulted during the hydrolyses of Milicia excels cellulose.
Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES::Chemistry::Environmental chemistry
Ndukwe, N. A., Okiei, W. O., Alo, B. I., Van Wyk, J. P. H., Mamabolo, T. M., & Igwe, C. C. (2013). Glucose Formation During Biodegradation of Kraft-pretreated Sawdust from the Lagos Area, Nigeria. Int. J. Environ. Bioener, 5(3), 156-163.