ICAR-DGR Commercialized Technologies

21st November, 2014, Junagadh

ICAR-Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagarh, and M/s Paccar Biotech Limited, Ahmedabad have signed two MoUs for transferring process/knowhow for production of enzymes cellulase from groundnut shell and proteases from de-oiled groundnut cake by microbial fermentation developed by. ICAR-DGR. The MoUs were signed by by Dr. T. Radhakrishnan, Director, ICAR-DGR and Shri Dilip Mansukhlal Bhatiya, Director, Paccar Biotech Limited, Ahmedabad in a function held at ICAR-DGR, Junagadh on 21st November, 2014. The technologies have been commercialized on non-exclusive basis and one time licenses fees fixed by the ITMU..

The process knowhow has commercial values owing to the fact that the substrates use are available in plenty at nominal cost in Gujarat and the enzymes can be produced with high yield employing solid state fermentation. These two enzymes, having wide application in different industries like textile, detergent, poultry and animal feed, paper and pulp, leather, pharmaceuticals, etc., occupy globally around 40% of market share of all the commercial enzymes and India meets most of its need through import.

Fermentation of groundnut shell by Phanerochate sp. Left: slurry fermentation, right: solid state fermentationFermentation of groundnut shell by Phanerochate sp. Left: slurry fermentation, right: solid state fermentation

Other entrepreneurs present on the occasion also shown keen interest in the technologies developed at ICAR-DGR for future transfer of these technologies through MoUs.

(Source: ICAR-DGR, Junagarh)