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Calcium-alginate beads were found to bind a variety of enzymes in a nonspecific fashion. However, alpha amylases from porcine pancreas, Bacillus subtilis (BAN 240L) and wheat germ bound at a significant level and B. subtilis and wheat germ amylases could be eluted with 1M maltose. The wheat germ alpha amylase could be purified 45 fold with 70% recovery. The SDS - PAGE pattern showed significant purification by this single step strategy.