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New enzymes for new needs
It’s payback time, fungi!

SARA LANDVIK

Science
manager in the Department of fungal Discovery, Novozymes

KEYWORDS: Detergent enzymes, fungi, protein engineering.
ABSTRACT:
The world is constantly changing and changing needs require new cleaning technology and a greener and more sustainable detergent business. Enzymes, nature’s own building blocks, can be a solution to these challenges. Produced in fermentation processes, enzymes for industrial use are based on fungi or microbes found in nature. The challenge is to find the right enzyme for any given application and to determine gene encoding for this enzyme.

A growing population in a globalized world constantly calls for new technological solutions to support new lifestyles - also in the area of detergents. Changes in eating habits or food ingredients introduce new types of stains, which might be challenging to remove with traditional detergent technology. Stains and dirt might bind differently to novel types of fabrics compared to traditional fabrics.  Advanced functionalities of fabrics such as UV protection, rain resistance, and wrinkle freeness, all adds further demands to modern detergent performance.

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