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Cellulosome Research Group

Dr Brett Pletschke’s research is primarily focused on a study of the effect of key metabolites on the activity of cellulosome-associated cellulases in anaerobic environments. A number of studies have been devoted to further the understanding of the enzymatic degradation of cellulose by bacteria and fungi. However, the exact mechanism by which either isolated enzymes or multi-component enzymatic systems are able to attack and digest crystalline biopolymers such as cellulose under anaerobic conditions remains a mystery. The following techniques are used: protein purification, enzyme kinetics, TEM/SEM and anaerobic bioreactor design.

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