Team:Saint Joseph



Cellulose, a polysaccharide, is the main compound of paper products and can be degraded by cellulases; primarily performing hydrolysis of the 1,4-beta-D-glycosidic linkages to produce monosaccharides, smaller polysaccharides and oligosaccharides.

Our goal is to find a biological solution to water pollution caused by paper contaminants. For this purpose, we are degrading paper waste without it ever touching the water resources. We are using the enzyme EGII from Trichoderma reesei and remove some regions from the gene.

We also used CelAB enzyme from Teredinibacter turnerae, a bacterium involved in a host-symbiont interaction with its host Lyrodus pedicellatus. As a result of our work, we expect to treat water polluted by paper contaminants much more effectively to prevent any paper waste-borne issues.