Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 92, Issue 1, pp 95–103 | Cite as

Enzymatic treatment for preventing biofilm formation in the paper industry

  • Claudia Esperanza Torres
  • Giles Lenon
  • Delphine Craperi
  • Reinhard Wilting
  • Ángeles BlancoEmail author
Biotechnologically Relevant Enzymes and Proteins


Microbiological control programmes at industrial level should aim at reducing both the detrimental effects of microorganisms on the process and the environmental impact associated to the use of biocides as microbiological control products. To achieve this target, new efficient and environmentally friendly products are required. In this paper, 17 non-specific, commercial enzymatic mixtures were tested to assess their efficacy for biofilm prevention and control at laboratory and pilot plant scale. Pectin methylesterase, an enzyme found in the formulation of two of the mixtures tested, was identified as an active compound able to reduce biofilm formation by 71% compared to control tests.


Enzymes Biofilm Microbiological control Pectin methylesterase Paper industry 



The authors wish to express their appreciation to European Union for supporting the Project “Eco-efficient Novel Enzymatic Concepts (GRDI-2000-25676)” and the Community of Madrid for funding the projects PROLIPAPEL I (S-0505/AMB-0100) and PROLIPAPEL II (S-2009/AMB-1480).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Esperanza Torres
    • 1
  • Giles Lenon
    • 2
  • Delphine Craperi
    • 3
  • Reinhard Wilting
    • 4
  • Ángeles Blanco
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Chemical Engineering DepartmentFaculty of Chemistry, Complutense University of MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.CTP’s General DirectionCentre Technique du PapierGrenoble CedexFrance
  3. 3.Formation Coordination DepartmentCentre Technique du PapierGrenoble CedexFrance
  4. 4.Department Head for R&D Data ManagementNovozymes A/SBagsvaerdDenmark

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