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Any of a group of extracellular enzymes, produced by various fungi, bacteria, insects, and other lower animals, that hydrolyze cellulose.



an enzyme of the hydrolase class. Cellulase depolymerizes cellulose polysaccharides (including cellulose itself) and forms glucose or the disaccharide cellobiose. Cellulase is found in germinated grain and in many bacteria and fungi; it is especially active in house fungi that grow on wood. Cellulase is also found in certain animals that feed on wood; these animals include shipworms and Cossidae. Ruminants are able to digest cellulose because symbiotic microorganisms that release cellulase live in the compartments of their stomachs, especially in the rumen.

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Enzymes included cellulase (15000 U/g; Fine Chemical Research Institute, Tianjin City, China), saccharifying enzyme (100000 U/g; Beijing Aoboxing Biotechnology, LLC), phytase (5000 U/g), and pectinase (10000 U/g; Shandong Sukahan Bio-technology Co.
However, there is very limited information available on sorghum silage fermentation and in vitro methane production when treated with microbiological additives and cellulase enzyme in the tropics.
2010), in the face of the abundance of residual lignocellulosic material available in nature (Sanchez, 2009), and based on the need to obtain ideal conditions for the SSF process using the strain, the study aims to define the most influential factors on cellulase production from Penicillium oxalicum F-3380, isolated from a leaf-cutting ant nest belonging to the species Acromyrmex balzani, using sugarcane bagasse SB and lignocellulosic sorghum LS as substrates.
The results of enzymatic treatments of OPFP showed that treatment with 20 U xylanase, 20 U cellulase, and 10 U cellulase + 10 U xylanase all significantly improved the EPS yield (Table 3).
The two common strategies to get ideal cellulases are; (1) molecular evolution of cellulase through DNA shuffling.
Growth performance increased with the addition of cellulose, and cellulase activity was detected mainly in the foregut and hepatopancreas of individuals at a constant level.
The present study was designed for isolation and identification of cellulase producing bacteria from fish gut contents following optimization of medium using response surface methodology.
The present study was conducted based on objectives of isolation of cellulase producing bacteria from the termites gut.
Using the transgenically-produced enzyme technology, the appropriate cellulase and beta-galactomannanase enzymes in prescribed doses, all it takes is to mix the enzyme powder with the copra meal in the usual dry form-with the enzymes doing their work when the animal eats the feed, releasing more nutrients from copra meal than can ever be achieved by fermentation; no ancillary equipment needed, and at lesser cost.
Cellulase and [beta]-glucosidase are important enzymes related to the carbon (C) cycle, because cellulose is one of the most abundant organic compounds in the biosphere (Falkowski et al.

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