Special Issue "Regulation and Mechanisms of Plant Biomass Degrading Enzymes from Fungi"

A special issue of Biomolecules (ISSN 2218-273X). This special issue belongs to the section "Enzymology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Monika Schmoll
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Guest Editor
Center for Health & Bioresources, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, 3430 Tulln, Austria
Interests: Trichoderma reesei; signal transduction; light response; sexual development; plant cell wall degradation;
Dr. Daniel Kracher
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Guest Editor
Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Graz University of Technology, 8010 Graz, Austria
Interests: biomass degradation; second-generation biofuels; cellulases; redox enzymes; biocatalysis
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Dr. Paul Daly
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Guest Editor
Institute of Plant Protection, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Nanjing 210014, China
Interests: CAZymes; genomics; gene regulation; microbe-–microbe and plant-–microbe interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With their high potential to degrade recalcitrant plant biomass in nature, fungi contribute significantly to the global carbon cycle. To succeed in their habitat, fungi evolved sophisticated mechanisms for tight regulation of plant cell wall degrading enzymes, as well as efficient enzymes combined for optimal resource efficiency of energy input for enzyme biosynthesis and output of nutrient acquisition.

Understanding the natural heritage of fungi, in terms of the regulation of plant cell wall degradation and the required efficient enzyme combinations, serves to enhance biotechnology to achieve a more sustainable industry. Enzymes perform challenging chemical conversions in a stereo-selective and often more efficient way than conventional chemical strategies. From biofuels to food additives to washing agents—enzymes have become crucial components of numerous everyday products.

In several decades of research, enzyme production has improved considerably and knowledge on enzyme modification for enhanced efficiency has increased. Nevertheless, in many cases, the application of enzymes is still hampered by limited stability under the required conditions, as well as prohibitive production costs for large-scale applications. However, besides the industrial value of enzymes, the high ecological relevance of fungi in nature as major degraders of plant biomass, as well as their role in the complex microbiome, is of high importance to ensure biodiversity, fertile soils, and a healthy nutrient cycle.

For this Special Issue, we welcome original research manuscripts as well as reviews covering the breadth of the topic from regulatory impacts of environmental signals and nutrients on signaling pathways, also during fungus–plant interaction (the natural basis for plant biomass degradation), to transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulation, secretion to enzyme activity, optimization as well as enzyme-substrate interactions. Studies on model organisms, little studied fungi, and oomycetes with ecological, agricultural, or biotechnological relevance will be considered, as well as novel tools and methods to investigate regulation mechanisms or enzyme function in fungi.

Dr. Monika Schmoll
Dr. Daniel Kracher
Dr. Paul Daly
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • fungi
  • gene regulation
  • plant biomass
  • CAZyme production
  • molecular tools

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