Institute of Chemistry
Hemicellulolytic enzymes of Schizophyllum commune
Name of the supervisor
Mgr. Vladimír Puchart, PhD.
Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology, Slovak University of Technology
Hemicelluloses are the second most abundant source of organically bound carbon on Earth. Due to their complexity, a wide range of enzymes is required for their decomposition into monosaccharide building blocks. One of the most effective producers of these enzymes is the wood-destroying fungus Schizophyllum commune. Although several enzymes produced by this white wood-destroying fungus have been isolated and characterized, the recently sequenced genome of this fungus has revealed a much greater variety of putative hemicellulose catabolism enzymes. A search in the genome to identify putative new enzymes, their isolation and characterization, as well as a better understanding of the collaboration between these new and currently known enzymes will contribute to our efforts to make efficient and environmentally friendly use of this annually renewed carbon source.