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An Indian Patent no. 446897 entitled “A Process for Bioethanol Production from Industrial Graded Wheat Grains using an Alpha Amylase“ has been granted to Dr GS Kocher, Principal Microbiologist-cum-Head, Department of Microbiology and Dr Nadia Razdan, a Ph.D (Microbiology) pass out, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Dr Kocher informed that the present invention provides a process for production of bioethanol from damaged wheat through use of indigenous thermostable alpha amylases. The developed process will be helpful in taking care of the damaged/spoiled wheat which constitutes a sizable portion of post-harvest loss of wheat grains, he added. Further, the National Biofuel Policy 2018, amended in 2022, allows the use of damaged cereal grains for bioethanol production. The process thus will be helpful not only in improving bioethanol production but the economy of the state too, he observed.

Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, congratulated the department for getting its 6th Patent and wished all success in their future endeavors.

Dr Shammi Kapoor, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities; Dr AS Dhatt, Director of Research; Dr PK Chhuneja, Dean, Post Graduate Studies and Dr TS Riar, Additional Director Communication, conveyed their best wishes to Dr Kocher and the PAU alumna Dr Razdan for this achievement.

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