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Simplified Procedure for Recovery of Lignin Acidolysis Products for Determining the Lignin-Degrading Abilities of Microorganisms †

Authors
  • Anthony L. Pometto
  • Don L. Crawford
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1985
Source
PMC
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Abstract

A simplified procedure for the identification and measurement of single-ring aromatic products of lignin acidolysis is described. The procedure employed a 6-h hydrolysis of spruce milled wood lignin in acidic dioxane at 87°C, followed by a series of organic extractions to recover acidolysis products which were quantified by gas chromatography of trimethylsilyl derivatives. Complex gel permeation chromatography procedures utilized by other workers were avoided in the modified procedure, but equivalent results were obtained. The simplified procedure was utilized to hydrolyze sound and actinomycete-decayed spruce milled wood lignins and was shown to be useful as a technique for the rapid screening of microorganisms for their ability to alter lignin.

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