An Insight into Fungal Cellulases and Their Industrial Applications

  • Kavitha Sampathkumar
  • Valarmathi Kumar
  • Selvaraju Sivamani
  • Nallusamy Sivakumar
Part of the Fungal Biology book series (FUNGBIO)


Cellulases are glycoside hydrolases that catalyze the hydrolysis of crystalline and amorphous cellulose to its oligomers and monomers. Cellulases from microbial sources have received a lot of attention because of their industrial applications, and these enzymes are mainly used in the energy sector. This review provides a summary of fungal cellulases, including the microorganisms used to produce cellulases, the efficient use of industrial residues as substrates for the production of cellulases, and their applications in various industrial sectors. Fungal cellulases can play a vital role in the biofuels sector when its potential is exploited.


Cellulases Fungi Industrial applications Biofuels Solid state fermentation Cellulose 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kavitha Sampathkumar
    • 1
  • Valarmathi Kumar
    • 1
  • Selvaraju Sivamani
    • 2
  • Nallusamy Sivakumar
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology, Kumaraguru College of TechnologyCoimbatoreIndia
  2. 2.Chemical Engineering Section, Engineering Department, Salalah College of TechnologySalalahOman
  3. 3.Department of Biology, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos UniversityMuscatOman

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