Pectinases in Papermaking



Pectinases are a group of enzymes which hydrolyze pectin, one of the main polysaccharides in plant cell wall. These are distributed in many higher plants and microorganisms. Pectinases play a very important role in plants since they help in cell-wall extension and softening of some plant tissues. Industrial use of pectinase is common in the food and textile industries. In papermaking, cationic demand can be reduced in peroxide-brightened mechanical pulp furnishes by adding pectinase enzyme. Alkaline peroxide solubilizes pectins that create a significant part of the cationic demand. Once hydrolyzed by pectinase, the demand is lowered. Pectinase treatment improves the effectiveness of several cationic polymers to increase retention of fines and filler particles. This chapter presents application of pectinases in papermaking.


Pectinase Pectin Papermaking Cationic demand Retention Polygalacturonic acid 


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  1. 1.Pulp and Paper ConsultantKanpurIndia

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