Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp 447–450 | Cite as

Use of charcoal to minimize end product inhibition in enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose

  • A. W. Khan
  • Audrey Chin
  • Stephen Baird


Tests made to improve saccharification of cellulose byTrichoderma cellulases showed that charcoal used as an adsorbent minimized the end product inhibition. Charcoal adsorbed both cellobiose and glucose and did not affect the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose. Results showed that charcoal is as effective as β-glucosidase in improving the enzymatic saccharification of cellulose.


Glucose Cellulose Hydrolysis Cellulase Charcoal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. W. Khan
    • 1
  • Audrey Chin
    • 1
  • Stephen Baird
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Biological ScienceNational Research Council of CanadaOttawaCanada

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