IIT (M) identifies a new bacterium


Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) have identified a bacterium that can turn agricultural waste into industrial enzymes through a cost-effective and environment-friendly process.

Industrial enzymes such as alpha-amylase and cellulase are in high demand in various industries that deal with textiles, paper, detergents, and pharmaceuticals.

The IIT-M researchers studied how a bacteria called ‘Bacillus sp PM06’ can aid in producing industrial enzymes and value-added products from agricultural waste.

The study was conducted by Prof. Sathyanarayana N Gummadi, faculty of the Department of Biotechnology, IIT-Madras and Rekha Rajesh, Research Scholar.

The findings of the research have been published in the reputed peer-reviewed journal Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery.