•Biomass deconstruction is a complex process requiring divergent natural strategies.•Microbes have co-evolved to ensure efficient chemical recycling in the biosphere.•Microorganisms modify their environments to enhance biomass deconstruction.•New enzymatic activities and deconstruction mechanisms have been discovered recently.•Understanding the interplay between microbes will help the plant based bioeconomy.
Current Opinion in Chemical Biology – Elsevier
Published: Dec 1, 2017
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