Lignocellulose composition; consequences for plants, fungi and downstream products

Climate change, energy transitions and sustainable production of sufficient food and non-food are leading global challenges. In a future Circular and Climate positive Society, carbon is sustainably acquired from renewable lignocellulose biomass and other residues of agriculture, forestry, marine sources, and the food industry.

From a chemical perspective, nearly all chemical building blocks can be made using lignocellulose, the most prevalent renewable carbon source on earth. However, better understanding of lignocellulose composition and properties in crops, biological degradation mechanisms, and production methods of existing and new materials will be crucial to enable the actual implementation and transition of fossil based carbon to sustainable renewable carbon.


The goal of this project is to develop new integrated tools to improve lignocellulose production, new conversion technologies, and new applications and products. To achieve this goal we will develop the necessary technologies to generate/select tailored plants (production), fungi (modification) and downstream processing (products).