Enzyme Technology Division

ABOUT DIVISION

Enzymes and Genetics Division is one of the pioneer division of the Biotechnology Department, but later became Enzyme Technology Division in the year 2011. The core value of the Division involves Research and Development into the local productions and utilization of Industrial enzymes from agro-industrial waste for use by Industries in Nigeria. The production process involves fermentation processes through solid state and submerged methods using micro-organisms on the agro-industrial wastes.
Recently, the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Science and Technology on the Research effort of the developed enzymes in the Division made the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi an enzyme research centre in Nigeria.

ON-GOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

  1. Microbial production of the following enzymes by solid state fermentation and submerged fermentation:
    * Proteases
    * Xylanases
    * Amylase
    * Glucoamylases
    * Glucose Isomerase
    * Pectinases
    * Cellulases
    * Lipases
    * Lacases
  2. Molecular characterization of the identified strains through transformational studies for the enhancement of products.
  3. Applicational studies of the developed enzymes for product development.
  4. Production of the enzymes using large scale fermentors.
  5. Microbial production of biosurfactants from local sources.

DEVELOPED TECHNOLOGIES

1. Local technology for the production of Industrial enzymes.
2. Production of glucose syrup and fructose syrup.
3. Production of clarified carbonated fruit juice.
4. Production of biogas and biofertilizer from agro-industrial wastes.
By the year 2025, The enzyme technology division hope to perfect the technology of microbial production of most Industrial enzyme needs of Industries in Nigeria in order to reduce importation, save foreign reserves and support the actualisation of sustainable development goals. In order to achieve this current focus, our key commercial objectives for our R&D programme should be incorporated:
• The development and production of novel, innovative enzymes and processes in a cost- and eco-efficient manner, increasingly using renewable raw materials.
• The discovery and optimisation of improved microbial strains and biocatalysts.
• Integration of microbial genomics and bio-informatics
• Metabolic engineering and kinetics modelling
• Incorporation of advanced protein separation tools within best recognised practices
• Fermentation science and engineering
• Innovative downstream processing more especially for enzymes produced through submerged fermentation method.