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Leif Carlos Award 2Leif Jönsson and Carlos Martín Medina show the plaque and diploma their research group were awarded for the great interest shown by the research community in their scientific article on biomass inhibitors in wood biorefinery. Photo by InYung Sunwoo.

A team of Bio4Energy scientists and partners have been acknowledged at a prestigious conference for their work to reduce the effect of toxic substances in the pre-treatment of biomass destined for conversion to advanced biofuels made using yeast or microbes to turn wood polymers into fuels.

Their review article, Pre-treatment of lignocellulose: Formation of inhibitory by-products and strategies for minimising their effects, published in the Bioresource Technology scientific journal, has not stopped receiving acclaim since its publication in 2016. At the time of New Horizons in Biotechnology Conference (NHBT-2019)—a conference given in India in November this year—results from the article had been mentioned 560 times in other scientific articles by researchers worldwide.

This made the editorial board of Bioresource Technology decide to award the researcher with a diploma and a plaque for their Highly Downloaded Article 2019.

“It is the most downloaded article steadily during the last two years and the most cited article of Bioresource Technology since 2016”, said This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Umeå University and a PI on the platform Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies.

“I think it helped that the review covered all three areas of pre-treatment, formation of inhibitors and strategies [designed to lessen] their effects”, Martín added, “and that the discussion included some new important inhibitors in terms of their effects. That is, compounds that form in small amounts, but which are very strong inhibitors”.

New results for issue in the coming months include a final report of the larger investigation of inhibitors in biomass pre-treatment which, in turn, includes a number of scientific articles and a techno-economic review.

“There we will focus on the investigation of the effects of newly discovered inhibitors not only in yeast, but also in bacteria”, Martín said.

On behalf of the research group in Bio4Energy, Madhavi Latha Gandla travelled to India and the NHBT-2019 to receive the Highly Downloaded Articles 2019 award. A pleasant surprise awaited the young researcher, since at the same conference she was awarded for having contributed the Best Poster.

Professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Umeå University is heading the research team behind the article series. Martín, Latha Gandla, Dimitrios Ilanidis, Stephan Stagge and Guochao Wu are key members of the team. Its industrial partners are Swedish companies, among which RISE Processum, Lantmännen Agroetanol and SEKAB.

For more information about the Inhibitors' Project, Overcoming inhibition of biocatalysts in bioconversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks, please see our previous articles on this topic, listed below.

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