Wheat-based biorefining strategy for fermentative production and chemical transformations of succinic acid

Carol S.K. Lin, Rafael Luque, James H. Clark, Colin Webb, Chenyu Du*

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This contribution aims to provide an overview of various aspects of novel process strategies for biorefineries based on the production of succinic acid (SA) and its transformation into high added-value derivatives. The focus is on recent developments of a wheat-based biorefinery entailing upstream processing strategies to convert low cost raw materials into fermentable sugars as well as on key insights into the improvement of SA production (e.g. strain development, fermentation kinetics, and fermentation optimization). The incorporation of these processes in future biorefineries for the production of value-added products and fuels will undoubtedly be an important contribution to the world's highest priority target of sustainable development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-104
Number of pages17
Journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Actinobacillus succinogenes
  • Amidations, esterifications
  • Hydrogenations
  • Succinic acid fermentation; Starbons

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