A cDNA library from the filamentous fungus Aspergillus aculeatus was constructed in the yeast expression vector pYES2.0 and used to isolate 57 full length cDNA's encoding beta-1,4-mannanase by expression in S. cerevisiae. The positive clones were identified on agar plates containing 0.2% azurine dyed cross-linked mannan by the formation of blue halos around the colonies. All clones represented transcripts of the same mannanase gene (man1). The gene was sub-cloned into an Aspergillus expression vector and transformed into Aspergillus oryzae for overexpression and purification of the enzyme. The recombinant enzyme had a molecular weight of 45 kDa, an isoelectric point of pH 4.5, a pH optimum of pH 5.0 and a temperature optimum of 60-70 degrees.