Enzyme activities and biotechnological applications of cold-active microfungi

Nevalainen, Helena, Bradner, Ron, Wadud, Sania, Mohammed, Suja, McRae, Christopher, & Te’o, Junior (2012) Enzyme activities and biotechnological applications of cold-active microfungi. In Anitori, R.P. (Ed.) Extremophiles : Microbiology and Biotechnology. Caister Academic Press.

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Abstract

Fungi are eukaryotic organisms and considered to be less adaptable to extreme environments when compared to bacteria. While there are no thermophilic microfungi in a strict sense, some fungi have adapted to life in the cold. Cold-active microfungi have been isolated from the Antarctic and their enzyme activities explored with a view to finding new candidates for industrial use. On another front, environmental pollution by petroleum products in the Antarctic has led to a search for, and the subsequent discovery of, fungal isolates capable of degrading hydrocarbons. The work has paved the way to developing a bioremedial approach to containing this type of contamination in cold climates. Here we discuss our efforts to map the capability of Antarctic microfungi to degrade oil and also introduce a novel cold-active fungal lipase enzyme.

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ID Code: 71187
Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 9781904455981
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 07 May 2014 05:51
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2016 15:47

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