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Enzymatic treatment for preventing biofilm formation in the paper industry



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Torres, Esperanza and Lenon, Giles and Craperi, Delphine and Wilting, Reinhard and Blanco Suárez, Ángeles (2011) Enzymatic treatment for preventing biofilm formation in the paper industry. Aplied Microbiology and Biotechnolgy, 92 (1). pp. 95-103. ISSN 0175-7598 (Print) 1432-0614 (Online)


Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00253-011-3305-4


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.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Enzymes, Biofilm, Microbiological Control, Pectin methylesterase, Paper industry
Subjects:Sciences > Chemistry > Paper industry
Sciences > Chemistry > Chemical engineering
Sciences > Chemistry > Environmental conditions
Medical sciences > Biology > Biotechnology
ID Code:26424
Deposited On:27 Nov 2014 09:31
Last Modified:27 Nov 2014 09:31

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