Unique enzyme SOD discovered by CSIR to increase shelf life of fruits and vegetables

May 14, 2014 13:15 IST

A Unique enzyme Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) was discovered by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The enzyme will help increase shelf life of fruits and vegetables.

The enzyme was discovered by CSIR-IHBT during a survey at an altitude of over 10000 feet in the Western Himalayan region from Potentilaastrosangunia plant growing under snow cover.

The characteristic features of this SOD lies in its stability and functionality ranging from sub-zero to high temperature (above 40°C) with varying specific activity.

imageThe CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology (CSIR-IHBT), Palampur signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its industry partner Phyto Biotech, Kolkata. The MoU was signed to formalize technology transfer for production of unique enzyme.

This unique enzyme will also be useful during cryosurgery and preservation of organelles (specialized sub-unit within cell that has a specific function). The cryosurgery is an application of extreme cold to destroy diseased tissue.

Owing to its high antioxidant properties and multiple uses, the SOD enjoys high demand and price in the global market.

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