Microbes from Antarctica as a source for understanding cold adaptive Halal enzymes

Muhammad Asyraf Abd Latip, Noor Faizul Hadry Nordin, C Gomez-Fuentes Abstract - 53 PDF - 14


Enzymes are widely used in various industries as they exhibit many outstanding benefits. They function to accelerate the reaction process which is more advantageous compared with chemicals as catalysts. However, the halal status of enzymes has been argued especially in food industries. This is because some of the enzymes originate from animal sources. The main concern with this issue is regarding the compatibility of these sources with the Islamic law. Beside animals and plants, microorganisms also play a vital role in producing various types of enzymes naturally. In relation to their halalness, enzymes extracted from microbes are considered as halal. Antarctica is a new frontier with a diverse microbial community that shows a potential for bio prospecting. The extremophiles existing in this region produce enzymes that can function in extreme conditions. Some of these enzymes suit the industrial requirement. The microorganisms obtained from Antarctica are very useful for harnessing and bio prospecting of such enzymes due to their great potential and diverse applications in many industrial fields in the future.

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