New fungal strain with applications in the pulp and paper industry and the production of second-generation biofuels.

POSTED : 27/11/2015

CATEGORIES : Food/Agriculture

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Short Description

Isolated and characterized endophyte fungal strain Hormonema sp. CECT 13092, producer of laccase, which offers improvements in several current processes in the industry of pulp and paper and in the production of second-generation biofuels.  

Its use onto eucalyptus chips improves both biopulping and enzymatic saccharification for the production of fermentable sugars to ethanol.

Improvement was also observed in TCF bleaching of eucalyptus kraft pulp with the application of a crude obtained from this strain, very rich in enzyme laccase.

Under normal conditions the strain mainly grows as yeast, it can be grown at room temperature in conventional media for fungi and keeps its viability at 4 ° C, which facilitates long-term storage.


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Grade of development

Ready to be Licensed

Collaboration Sought


Desired outcome of the collaboration

We are looking for a company producing biocatalytic enzymes with applications in the field of pulp and paper and in the production of biofuels from cellulosic biomass, for a license agreement and further development 


Fungal,Endophyte,Hormonema,Pulp,Biofuels,Laccase,Biopulping,Delignification,Enzymatic saccharification,TCF bleaching

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