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PhD. Topics

Institute of Chemistry

Enzymes required for plant hemicellulose utilization
PhD. program
Name of the supervisor
Mgr. Vladimír Puchart, PhD.
Receiving school
Faculty of Natural Sciences, Commenius University Bratislava
Plant hemicelluloses are the hugest annually renewable carbon source on the Earth. In Nature, their decomposition is catalyzed by the enzymes. Due to a heterogeneous nature of these polysaccharides, for their complete decomposition to the corresponding basic building units a wide spectrum of the enzymes is required. Looking up the new hemicellulolytic enzymes as well as catalytic properties of the known enzymes with the aim of their biotechnological application will be the topics of the postgraduate study.
Aims: 1. Looking for novel, so far unknown enzymes involved in plant cell wall decomposition; 2. Detailed characterization of the catalytic properties of plant cell wall degrading enzymes that are known but not satisfactorily disclosed; 3. To establish a relationship between catalytic properties of the enzymes and their role in lignocellulose complexes degradation