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Research topics are the processes used by filamentous fungi to degrade biomass with a focus on wood as substrate. These are particularly of interest for the generation of bioenergy from wood as renewable feedstock, but also for the development of novel wood preservation concepts. Central questions are how fungi perceive the composition of the plant cell walls on a molecular level, and adapt their metabolism accordingly to effectively degrade the substrate. These are elucidated using state-of-the-art methods in biochemistry and genetics.

The Fungal Biotechnology group in the News