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Open Access Editorial

Special Issue from the NSERC Bioconversion network workshop: pretreatment and fractionation of biomass for biorefinery/biofuels

Jack Saddler* and Linoj Kumar

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Forest Products Biotechnology/Bioenergy, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada

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Biotechnology for Biofuels 2013, 6:17  doi:10.1186/1754-6834-6-17

Published: 28 January 2013

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

World demand for energy and commodity chemicals continues to increase at a rapid pace in parallel with global industrialization and economic development. The current annual global energy demand of 13 billion tonnes of oil equivalent (btoe) is predicted to increase by 35% in 2035 [1]. The convenience, infrastructure investment and high energy content of liquid hydrocarbons makes them the preferred energy source for all modes of transportation and the dominant feedstock for the majority of today’s commodity chemicals.