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Title of Technology 

Organism and process for production of beta glucosidase (BGL)

Executive Summary

Beta-glucosidase is an important component in the enzyme (cellulase) cocktail for hydrolysis of biomass to generate sugars for biofuels and other applications, as this is the rate limiting enzyme. Availability of enzymes for biomass hydrolysis is important for the future energy security indigenous technologies for enzyme production are warranted. CSIR–NIIST has a solid state fermentation (SSF) technology for production of BGL using the fungus Aspergillus niger demonstrated successfully at semi-pilot scale (up-to 10kg level). The technology would help to produce BGL at a cheaper rate than existing processes, and would help in development of efficient biomass hydrolyzing enzyme cocktails for biorefinery applications

Technology Readiness Level : 5-6