ISOLATION OF POTENTIAL MICROBIAL PRODUCERS OF FRUCTOSYL TRANSFERASE FROM BAGGASSE AND SELECTED SOIL SITES OF CHHATTISGARH, INDIASEEMA A. BELORKAR, A.K. GUPTA AND VIBHUTI RAI
The present study focuses on microbiological ecology of varied soil samples which can be exploited as potential sources for isolation of industrially important microbes. Seven soil samples and one baggasse sample was selected as sources to isolate microbes which were screened further for production of Fructosyltransferase (Ftase) enzyme. Ftase is an enzyme tool for synthesis of Fructooligosaccharides (FOS). The undertaken study revealed that there is a significant variation in the average number of bacteria, molds and yeasts in various samples. The differences in their means were found to be statistically insignificant. The counts of microbes per gram of samples were found to be in expected proportions indicating that differences in sampling locations do not change the relative proportions of the types of microbes. The present study will also prove to be guideline for selection of sampling sites for future isolations intended towards Fructosyltransferase producing microbes.
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