Pectic transeliminases, also known as pectic lyases or pectinases, are involved in the degradation of pectic substances. They have a wide range of applications in food and textile processing. Although Aspergillus and Penicillium spp. produce pectin lyases, bacteria are the major producers of polygalacturonate lyase. The yields of pectic transeliminases are less than other pectinases. Since new applications for pectic transeliminases are emerging, an improved process for the production of these enzymes is necessary. © Springer 2005.