Is there an effective way to use cellulase(s) and/or lignase(s) to remove unwanted plant debris from a sample?
I'm working with a series of fresh water grab samples for environmental assessment. The objective is to separate out the benthic invertebrates as a proxy for biodiversity and habitat health. We use 500 micron mesh to remove the bulk of the sediments but this leaves several liters of fine plant material in a variety of stages of decomposition. While searching through yet another petridish of rotting sphagnum I wondered if there might not be a better way to do this?
Is there an effective protocol for decomposing the plant matter using some mixture of cellulases and lignases? Or am I barking up the wrong tree?