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Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Dr. Debra Wohl


There are many enzymes involved in the degradation of polysaccharides in microorganisms. Interest in the enzymes hydrolyzing these polysaccharides has grown due to the potential of the substrates to yield marketable products (Warren, 1996). Naturally occurring substrates are insoluble and microorganisms must use extracellular enzymes, free or associated with the cell surface, to convert the polysaccharides into soluble products that are transportable into the cells. Cellulase refers to a group of enzymes, which hydrolyze cellulose, a linear polysaccharide of glucose residues connected by β-l,4 linkages (Fig 1).