Foreword

In the future, many consumer products presently derived from fossil fuel resources such as oil, coal and gas, are likely to be derived from renewable and sustainably produced biomass resources. In addition to the production of liquid and gaseous biofuels used for transport, structural composite materials, reinforced plastics using wood fibres, pharmaceuticals, health promoting products and food sweeteners, bio-products from industrial waste gases, innovative packaging and filtration materials, green biodegradable chemicals including polymers and resins, fine chemicals for paints and adhesives, and many other products are being researched and developed using rapidly advancing biotechnologies. It seems highly likely that these products ...

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