A product is provided comprising at least one densified biomass particulate having a substantially smooth, non-flakey outer surface and containing no added binder, wherein said densified biomass particulate is comprised of a plurality of pretreated lignin-coated plant biomass fibers which contain a trace amount of base from pretreatment of said fibers. Methods for using and making the product are also described.
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 This invention was made with Government support by the US Department of Energy Sungrant Research Project Award No. DE-FG36-08-G088073. The Government has certain rights in the invention.