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Xylanase American Laboratories Inc. Xylanase acts on D-Xylan in a manner reminiscent of alpha and beta amylase on starch and results in the production of D-Xylose. Plant cell walls consist of large amounts of cellulose microfibrils embedded in a continuous phase of lignin, pectin, and hemic...view more Xylanase acts on D-Xylan in a manner reminiscent of alpha and beta amylase on starch and results in the production of D-Xylose. Plant cell walls consist of large amounts of cellulose microfibrils embedded in a continuous phase of lignin, pectin, and hemicellulose, with the hemicellulose fraction predominating. These non-starch polysaccharides are primary components of grains and grain products such as wheat, barley, and corncobs (up to 50% hemicellulose). Animal feeds frequently incorporate these hard to digest products. Considerable interest has developed in trying to break down the hemicellulose (xylan) portion to increase feed efficiency. Other uses are to reduce carbohydrates in baked goods, fruit juices, wine and vegetable oils. view less