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Frederick C. Michel, Jr.: (Michigan State University, East Lansing): "Lignin, a major structural polymer of vascular plants, is second only to cellulose as the most abundant renewable organic polymer in the biosphere. Microbial removal of lignin has important biotechnological applications in the conversion of wood to food, fuels, and chemicals and in the manufacture of paper pulp. Wood-rotting fungi have attracted worldwide attention not only for their ability to degrade lignin but also for their ability to degrade a wide variety of xenobiotic compounds, such as PCBs and dioxins. Two families of extracellular enzymes, the manganese-dependent peroxidases (MNPs) and the lignin peroxidases (LIPs), are thought to be key components involved in lignin degradation by the wood-rotting fungus...

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