noun, plural: pectinases
It is commonly used in fruit industry that involves degradation of plant materials to speed up extraction of juices from fruits. Pectinases are also used for retting]. Addition of chelating agents or pretreatment of the plant material with acid enhances the effect of the enzyme.
Pectinases can be derived from other organisms such as fungi (e.g. Aspergillus niger).
See also: pectin.