Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering

, Volume 37, Issue 7, pp 1385–1400 | Cite as

Patterns of major metabolites biosynthesis by different mushroom fungi grown on glucose-based submerged cultures

  • Panagiota Diamantopoulou
  • Seraphim Papanikolaou
  • Michael Komaitis
  • George Aggelis
  • Antonios PhilippoussisEmail author
Original Paper


The biosynthetic potential of four basidiomycetes (Agrocybe aegerita, Flammulina velutipes, Ganoderma applanatum and Pleurotus pulmonarius) and one ascomycete (Morchella esculenta) was examined in regard to biomass, intracellular (endopolysaccharides and lipids) and extracellular (exopolysaccharides) compounds’ production in liquid media with glucose as substrate, in static and agitated cultures. Exopolysaccharides’ production presented significant negative correlation with biomass, endopolysaccharides and lipids, while biomass was positively related to the production of endopolysaccharides and lipids. Maximum values of biomass, endo- and exo-polysaccharides obtained were quite impressive: P. pulmonarius produced 22.5 g/L of biomass, A. aegerita 60.4 % (w/w) of endopolysaccharides and F. velutipes 1.2 g/L of exopolysaccharides. Polysaccharides and lipids synthesized at the early growth stages were subjected to degradation as the fermentation proceeded. Mycelial lipids of all strains were highly unsaturated, dominated by linoleic acid, whereas glucose was the main building block of endopolysaccharides. The ability of the examined mushroom fungi to synthesize in high quantities biomass and polysaccharides, products with biotechnological and medicinal interest, renders these fungi as potential candidates in sugar-based bio-refineries.


Agrocybe aegerita Flammulina velutipes Ganoderma applanatum Morchella esculenta Pleurotus pulmonarius Biomass Lipids Polysaccharides Agitation Static 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Panagiota Diamantopoulou
    • 1
  • Seraphim Papanikolaou
    • 2
  • Michael Komaitis
    • 2
  • George Aggelis
    • 3
    • 4
  • Antonios Philippoussis
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratory of Edible FungiInstitute of Technology of Agricultural Products (ITAP), Hellenic Agricultural Organization-DemeterLykovryssi, AttikiGreece
  2. 2.Department of Food Science and TechnologyAgricultural University of AthensAthensGreece
  3. 3.Unit of Microbiology, Division of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, Department of BiologyUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece
  4. 4.Department of Biological SciencesKing AbdulAziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia

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