Industrial Innovations

A Microbial Enzyme Depilant: Alternative to Lime Sulfide Depilant

The salient features of the technology are: 1. Novel enzyme eliminates lime-sulfide route. 2. Simple, clean and non-polluting. 3. Enables recovery of hair as salable by product. 4. Solid substrate fermentation as against submerged fermentation. Yet to be realized. Successful large-scale trails have been carried out in a commercial tannery between December 1989 and March 1990.

Area: Life Sciences & Biotechnology

Funding agency: Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India

Implementing institute: National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), Govt. of India

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