POTENTIAL FOR UPGRADING LIGNOCELLULOSIC MATERIAL BY TREATMENT WITH ENZYMES DERIVED FROM RUMEN BACTERIAL GENES.
|Host Laboratory||Scientific Supervisor|
| Rowett Research Institute
Division of Nutritional Sciences
AB2 9SB Aberdeen - Bucksburn
| Mr Harry James Flint |
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| Mr. Vincenzo Aurilia (Italian) |
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The utilization of lignocellulosic material in agricultural and industrial processes can be enhanced by treatment with plant cell wall degrading enzymes. Cloned genes potentially allow the production of specific enzymes with desirable properties economically and in large quantities. Rumen bacteria are a source of plant cell wall degrading enzymes that could prove particularly valuable for improving the digestibility of plant material by farm animals. Many genes coding for these enzymes have been isolated from rumen bacteria in the host laboratory. This proposal aims to examine the functional properties and potential applications of an unique bifunctional hemicellulase, XynD, from Ruminococcus flavefaciens and to enhance expression of the cloned ;XynD gene by introducing it into lactic acid bacteria. We also propose to isolate further valuable genes that lie next to XynD in the bacterial chromosome.
Contract number : FAIRCT965016
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