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The Fungal Biodiversity and Biotechnology Laboratory

The Mission of the INRA/Aix-Marseille University Joint Research Unit “Biodiversity and Biotechnology of Fungi (BBF)” is the study of filamentous fungi as a source of innovation in the frame of the utilisation of renewable bioresources for sustainable chemistry and energy. The research strategy of BBF covers both fundamental research on fungal and enzymatic deconstruction of lignocellulose, and the evaluation and optimization of new biotransformation processes using these biotools. In particular, we are studying the enzymatic potential provided by natural fungal biodiversity for an optimized deconstruction of lignocellulosic biomass in order to identify and isolate value-added compounds.


The research conducted at BBF is organized into 3 complimentary and integrated thematics addressing three major scientific questions.




Theme 1

How do fungi adapt and respond to different lignocellulosic biomasses?
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Theme 2

How do fungal enzymatic systems degrade complex and recalcitrant polysaccharides?
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Theme 3

How do fungi utilize and modify aromatic compounds?
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