“BRICS-BEST” - BRICS technology platform for integrated bioprocessing of agricultural residues for eco-sustainable production of biofuels and by-products

07 September 2018

Project coordinator:

Kugenthiren Permaul

Durban University of Technology Biotechnology and Food Technology

South Africa

Project partners:

Carlos Ricardo Soccol

Federalm University of Parana


Arkady P. Sinitsyn

Federal Research Centre “Fundamentals of Biotechnology” RAS


Sudesh K Yadav

Center of innovative and Applied Bioprocessing


Zhengxiang Wang

Tianjin University of Science & Technology



Funding agencies:

CNPq (Brazil), RFBR (Russia), DST (India), MOST (China), NRF (South Africa)


The proposed BRICS technology platform comprises researchers from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. This collaborative effort will focus on integral conversion of biomass into biofuels in a synergistic approach, exchanging experiences and knowledge, and developing local capacity for enhancement of bioenergy production chains through biorefinery approaches. Major lignocellulosic biomass such as oil palm solid residues from Brazil, rice straw from China and India, sugarcane bagasse from South Africa and wood residues from Russia will be investigated for eco-sustainable production of bioethanol and co-products in a zero-waste approach. The Russian team has competence in pretreatment of wood residues and sugarcane bagasse as well as in development of enzyme cocktails and fermentation that will be useful in application by the consortium partners. The expertise of the Chinese team in engineering improved strains and access to pilot scale production facilities will be used to improve the saccharification and fermentation efficiency, while the South African team with proficiency in enzymatic bioprocessing and molecular biology will develop carbohydrate fermenting strains and enzyme cocktails for enhanced saccharification and fermentation. The competence of the Brazilian team in integrated biorefinery processes and strength of the Indian team in biotransformations will be used to investigate the conversion of biomass to a wide range of co-products including lactic acid, itaconic acid and derived biopolymers, D-psicose, xylitol and several small organic acids and phenolic compounds. The collaborative expertise of partners will contribute to eco-sustainability of the proposed integrated processing.