Plant biomass degradation by gut microbiomes: More of the same or something new?

Morrison, Mark, Pope, Phillip B., Denman, Stuart E. and McSweeney, Christopher S. (2009) Plant biomass degradation by gut microbiomes: More of the same or something new?. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 20 3: 358-363. doi:10.1016/j.copbio.2009.05.004

Author Morrison, Mark
Pope, Phillip B.
Denman, Stuart E.
McSweeney, Christopher S.
Title Plant biomass degradation by gut microbiomes: More of the same or something new?
Journal name Current Opinion in Biotechnology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0958-1669
Publication date 2009-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.copbio.2009.05.004
Volume 20
Issue 3
Start page 358
End page 363
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 06 Biological Sciences
10 Technology
Formatted abstract
Herbivores retain within their gastrointestinal tract a microbiome that specializes in the rapid hydrolysis and fermentation of lignocellulosic plant biomass. With the emergence of high-throughput DNA sequencing technologies and related 'omics' approaches, along with demands to better utilize lignocellulose materials as a feedstock for second-generation biofuels, these gut microbiomes are thought to be a potential source of novel biotechnologies relevant to meeting these needs. This review provides an insight into the new findings that have arisen from the (meta)genomic analysis of specialist cellulolytic bacteria and gut microbiomes of herbivorous insects, ruminants, native Australian marsupials, and other obligate herbivores. In addition to there being more of the same in terms of cellulases and cellulosomes, there also appears to be something 'new' in terms of the compositional and functional attributes of the plant cell wall deconstruction systems employed by these bacteria. However, future dissection and capture of useful biotechnologies via metagenomics will need more than the production of data using next generation sequencing technologies.
Keyword Carbohydrate-binding modules
Dockerin domain
Human intestine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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