Screening for Cellulases with Industrial Value and Their Use in Biomass Conversion

  • Julia Jüergensen
  • Nele Ilmberger
  • Wolfgang R. StreitEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 834)


Cellulose is an easily renewable and highly occurring resource. To take advantage of this great potential, there is a constant need of new cellulose degrading enzymes. In industrial applications enzymes have to function under extreme conditions like high temperature, very acidic or basic pH and different solvents. Cellulases have a huge area of application, for example the textile and food industry as well as the generation of bioethanol as an alternative energy source. They have the ability to yield a great energetic potential, but there is still a lack of economical technologies to conquer the stability of the cellulose structure. Via metagenomic research and well-directed screening, it is possible to detect new cellulases, which are active under tough industrial conditions.

Key words

Cellulase Metagenome Renewable energy Biotechnology Screening 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia Jüergensen
    • 1
  • Nele Ilmberger
    • 1
  • Wolfgang R. Streit
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Abteilung für Mikrobiologie und BiotechnologieUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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