- Cellulases contribute to the enzymatic splitting of cellulose.
- As reinforcing material in all plant tissues, cellulose is the most widespread organic compound in terms of quantity. It commonly may be found together with other structural substances such as lignin or hemicellulose.
- Cellulose cannot be exploited in the human digestive tract using the body’s own emzymes. Cellulose is broken down by microbial flora present in the large intestine, but the resulting products are not absorbed by the body. In nutrition, cellulose is regarded as roughage.
- Cellulases are used in many technical processes to make soluble the cellulose that is present in plant-based raw materials.