Fungal xylanolytic enzymes: diversity and applications

Xinxin Li, Adiphol Dilokpimol, Mirjam A. Kabel, Ronald P. de Vries

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As important polysaccharide degraders in nature, fungi can diversify their extensive set of carbohydrate-active enzymes to survive in ecological habitats of various composition. Among these enzymes, xylanolytic ones can efficiently and sustainably degrade xylans into (fermentable) monosaccharides to produce valuable chemicals or fuels from, for example relevant for upgrading agro-food industrial side streams. Moreover, xylanolytic enzymes are being used in various industrial applications beyond biomass saccharification, e.g. food, animal feed, biofuel, pulp and paper. As a reference for researchers working in related areas, this review summarized the current knowledge on substrate specificity of xylanolytic enzymes from different families of the Carbohydrate-Active enZyme database. Additionally, the diversity of enzyme sets in fungi were discussed by comparing the number of genes encoding xylanolytic enzymes in selected fungal genomes. Finally, to support bio-economy, the current applications of fungal xylanolytic enzymes in industry were reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126290
Pages (from-to)126290
JournalBioresource Technology
Issue numberPt B
Early online date5 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • Genome comparison
  • Genome mining
  • Industrial application
  • Substrate specificity
  • Xylanolytic enzymes


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