Guest edited by Emile van Zyl (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa), the thematic series brings together findings from ISAF 2013, where the current status of alcohol technologies and their applications were discussed, alongside the role of alcohol fuels in enabling sustainable future development.
In an introductory Editorial, the guest editor presents an interesting report of the conference, providing background and perspective, with a special focus on the issues Africa faces in adopting bioenergy in a sustainable manner.
The thematic series captures recent advances in conversion technologies for a wide variety of feedstocks, for example sweet sorghum and bamboo. In addition to developments in microbes for raw starch and lignocellulose conversion, such as the unique yeast strains developed by Viktor and colleagues. Many of these technologies and organismal developments could have applications in developing sustainable biofuel options for the future.
Remember to keep an eye out for the commentary paper, coming soon, on the potential role of bioenergy in Africa’s transformation to a more sustainable continent.