, Volume 53, Issue 6, pp 427-432
Date: 17 Mar 2012

Survival of anaerobic fungus Caecomyces sp. in various preservation methods: a comparative study

Abstract

The present investigation was designed to observe the survival of the anaerobic fungus Caecomyces sp. in various routine preservation methods. Among all the treatments, cryopreservation of fungi at −70 °C with glycerol was found to be most effective for long-term maintenance (more than 90 days) of rumen fungi, followed by dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and ethylene glycol (up to 60 days). In contrast, at −196 °C, DMSO showed maximum survival (more than 90 days), followed by glycerol (up to 90 days) and ethylene glycol (up to 30 days). At 39 °C, maximum survival (up to 30 days) was observed with soft agar and wheat straw; at refrigeration temperature, preservation with Orpin’s media containing straw showed maximum survival (up to 30 days).