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Stem bromelain—A new protease preparation from pineapple plants


The proteolytic enzymes in this plant product, not yet in commercial production, may find application, as do similar agents from other sources, in the bating of hides, tenderizing of meat, chill-proofing of beer and other directions suggested in this article.

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Published with the approval of the Director as Technical Paper 243 of the Pineapple Research Institute of Hawaii.

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Heinicke, R.M., Gortner, W.A. Stem bromelain—A new protease preparation from pineapple plants . Econ Bot 11, 225–234 (1957).

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  • Economic Botany
  • Papain
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  • Bromelia