Exploitation of Microbial Enzymes from Uncultured Microbes for the Indigenous Irish Food Industry

Exploitation of Microbial Enzymes from Uncultured Microbes for the Indigenous Irish Food Industry

Funding Body (EPA, FP7, etc): FIRM/DAFF

Project type (PhD, post-doc, etc): post-doc

Period (start to end): Jan 08 – Sept 09

Researcher: Sharon Lawton

Project Description 

This project aims to identify enzymes with potential for industrial applications in particular proteases and cellulases, many of the enzymes currently used in industry are of microbial origin, e.g. include proteases, amylases and cellulases. The fact that many microbes are refractory to cultivation means it is difficult to exploit these enzymes. However, the utilisation of culture independent techniques and metagenomic strategies offers an alternative route in the exploitation of microbial products. This project has employed the metagenomic approach to screen for and build a compilation of industrially relevant enzymes from habitats such as wastewater, the human gastrointestinal tract and the bovine rumen.

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork

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