A UV-induced mutant strain of Aspergillus niger (CFTRI-1105-U9) overproduce
d a starch-hydrolysing enzyme with properties characteristically different
from the known amylases of the fungus. The purified enzyme of 4.0 pI had an
apparent molecular mass of 125 kDa and it dextrinised starch and then sacc
harified the dextrins. Patterns of the enzyme activity on starch, resulting
in glucose at 60 degrees C and glucose, maltose and maltodextrins at 70 de
grees C as primary products, suggested significant applications for the enz
yme in starch-processing industries.