Isolation of cellulase enzymes from Penicillium spinulosum
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Cellulases are enzymes produced by select microorganisms and fungi that possess the ability to degrade cellulose, a particularly stable biopolymer found in plant cell walls. These enzymes are important to the organisms that produce them because they provide a carbon source that is inaccessible to most other organisms. They are also of particular interest in industry due to their potential to convert cellulose to biofuels that may serve as an alternative for non-renewable petroleum based fuels. Therefore, the isolation of cellulases with traits that make the production of biofuels on an industrial ...