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United States Patent Application

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A method of processing a solution comprising aromatic compounds. The method includes culturing a first microorganism in the solution for a time sufficient to reduce an amount of an aromatic compound and thereby generate a processed solution. The culturing may remove an aromatic compound deleterious to growth of a second microorganism without substantially reducing fermentable sugars, thereby permitting enhanced growth of the second microorganism in the processed solution. The culturing may additionally or alternatively convert an aromatic compound into a commodity chemical. The methods of the present invention are advantageous for processing lignocellulosic biomass for upgrading to biofuel or for generating commodity chemicals therefrom.
Noguera, Daniel R. (Madison, WI), Donohue, Timothy J. (Middleton, WI), Oshlag, Julian Z. (Madison, WI), Zhang, Weiping (Madison, WI), Austin, Samantha L. (Madison, WI)
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Madison WI)
15/ 136,433
April 22, 2016
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH [0001] This invention was made with government support under DE-FC02-07ER64494 awarded by the US Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.