Algasan Govender

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Pyrosequence data was used to analyze the composition and metabolic potential of a metagenome from a hydrocarbon-contaminated site. Unamplified and whole genome amplified (WGA) sequence data was compared from this source. According to MG-RAST, an additional 2,742,252 bp of DNA was obtained with the WGA, indicating that WGA has the ability to generate a(More)
Glycerol, a non-biodegradable by-product during biodiesel production is a major concern to the emerging biodiesel industry. Many microbes in natural environments have the ability to utilize glycerol as a sole carbon and energy source. The focus of this study was to screen for microorganisms from soil, capable of glycerol utilization and its conversion to(More)
Thermomyces lanuginosus is a thermophilic fungus that produces large number of industrially-significant enzymes owing to their inherent stability at high temperatures and wide range of pH optima, including thermostable chitinases that have not been fully characterized. Here, we report cloning, characterization and structure prediction of a gene encoding(More)
Currently, development of biofuels as an alternative fuel has gained much attention due to resource and environmental challenges. Bioethanol is one of most important and dominant biofuels, and production using corn or cassava as raw materials has become a prominent technology. However, phytate contained in the raw material not only decreases the efficiency(More)
The aim of this study was to clone, express, and characterize a β-xylosidase (Tlxyn1) from the thermophilic fungus Thermomyces lanuginosus SSBP in Pichia pastoris GS115 as well as analyze optimal activity and stability using computational and experimental methods. The enzyme was constitutively expressed using the GAP promoter and secreted into the medium(More)
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