Mycoscience

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 45–48

Primary simple assays of cellulose-degrading fungi

Authors

    • Bioproduction Research InstituteNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
  • Manabu Kanno
    • Bioproduction Research InstituteNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
  • Masahiro Tagawa
    • Bioproduction Research InstituteNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
  • Hideyuki Tamaki
    • Bioproduction Research InstituteNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
  • Yoichi Kamagata
    • Bioproduction Research InstituteNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Note

DOI: 10.1007/s10267-011-0132-5

Cite this article as:
Watanabe, T., Kanno, M., Tagawa, M. et al. Mycoscience (2012) 53: 45. doi:10.1007/s10267-011-0132-5
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Abstract

Some 25 fungi, including at least 14 basidiomycetes, one ascomycete, and five anamorphic fungi were evaluated for their cellulose-degrading abilities in Difco potato dextrose broth or Difco malt extract broth cultures with cellulosic substrates (e.g., filter paper) in plastic Petri dishes. Among them, Peniophora sp. 06-13 and Phlebia sp. 99-335 reduced the dry weights of the whole cultures with these substrates more than the dry weights of the respective original substrates after 30 days of culture, showing definite cellulose degradation. In the cultures with more than 10 test fungi including Pycnoporus coccineus 84-117, such weight losses did not occur. This assay technique for the primary screening for cellulose degrading fungi is simple, inexpensive, reproducible and accurate.

Keywords

Absorbent cottonCellulose powderFilter paperPeniophora sp.Phlebia sp.

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