Bacteria were believed to play a role in breaking down lignin. Scientists tried to prove this for the last 40 years but evidence has been hard to come by.
The hypothesis that bacteria, and not just fungi, are involved in the decomposition of lignin has finally been confirmed.
This discovery could help unlock the economic potential of lignin allowing these complex organic polymers to be turned into useful chemicals.
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Article written by Bradley van Paridon and published in chemistryworld.com