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The conversion of organic materials, such as plant or animal waste, into usable products or energy sources by biological processes or agents, such as certain microorganisms.


(General Engineering) the use of biological processes or materials to change organic substances into a new form, such as the conversion of waste into methane by fermentation


(ˌbaɪ oʊ kənˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən)

the conversion of biomass to a source of usable energy.
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Intrexon's energy team achieved cash positive scalable yields in two multibillion-dollar hydrocarbons from its Methane Bioconversion Platform (MBP), along with increasing yields on other targets;
After years of R&D, and advances in its fermentation and bioconversion technologies, Bestevia Reb-M was introduced to the industry exclusively from SweeGen, a public company that provides the food industry with stevia leaf sweeteners for use in a variety of food and beverage products.
Therefore, bioconversion of lignocellulosic wastes into bio-ethanol has attracted great interest as a means of producing renewable energy and reducing environmental problems.
Trzcinski (who developed a novel process for producing biogas from municipal solid waste and for the treatment of landfill leachate, and as a Senior Research Fellow in the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute continued working on solid waste treatment such as waste activated sludge and wastewater treatment in anaerobic membrane bioreactors) examines the bioconversion of food wastes to energy and the recent developments in ethanol, hydrogen, methane, and biodiesel production from food wastes.
Soni, et al attempted bioconversion of sugarcane bagasse into second generation bioethanol after enzymatic hydrolysis with in-house produced cellulase from Aspegillus sp [31].
This is an indication of the potential biodegradable effects of Pleurotus ostreatus on cheap ligno-cellulosics and low-grade agro-wastes, with bioconversion to protein-rich products.
These enzymes include cellulases, the main recruitable resource for the bioconversion of cellulosics to useful products, and usually the most costly part of the production process.
The biochemical properties of recombinant CtCel6 made it potentially effective for bioconversion of biomass and had tremendous potential in industrial applications such as enzyme preparation industry and feed processing industry.
It seems that the yeast Pichia stipitis, among pentose's fermenting microorganisms, is able to ferment xylose and hexose in ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass hydrolysate under relevant conditions in the bioconversion process, such as pH, temperature, oxygen, agitation and composition of the medium (Hahn-Hagerdal, Linden, Senac, & Skoog, 1991; Ryding, Niklasson, & Liden, 1993; Sunitha, Lee, & Oh, 1999; Nigam, 2001; Agbogbo, Haagensen, Milam, & Wenger, 2008; Farias, Andrade, & Maugeri Filho, 2013).
Single step bioconversion of cephalosporin C by strain of Achromobacter species isolated from rhizosphere soil, Adv.
Bioconversion of sugarcane biomass into ethanol: An overview about composition, pretreatment methods, detoxification of hydrolysates, enzymatic saccharification, and ethanol fermentation.
Several microbial processes used for L-Trp production include direct fermentation from carbohydrates or hydrocarbons (6,7), enzymatic reaction from L-Trp precursors (8) and bioconversion from L-Trp precursors (9).