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pectolytic enzymes

See under pectinases.

Enzymes contained in many flowering plants which slowly split highly polymerised pectins into low molecular pectins and thus contribute to the softening of fruits. The soluble pectins get into the grape must during pressing and increase the viscosity (thick liquid) by binding effects, which may result, among others, in a lower juice yield. Normally, the grape's own...

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