Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 103, Issue 4, pp 723–736 | Cite as

Bioprospecting of thermo- and osmo-tolerant fungi from mango pulp–peel compost for bioethanol production

Original Paper


The persistent edaphic stress on microbial succession due to dynamic changes during composting was explored for selection of multi-stress tolerant microbe(s) desirable for ethanol production. A total of 23 strains were isolated from mango compost using four successive enrichments in YP broth (g l−1): glucose, 100; 150; 250 with ethanol (40) and cycloheximide (0.4) at 40 °C, pH 6.0. Based on multi-gene ribotyping, 14 yeasts (61 %) of Saccharomycetaceae, 2 filamentous fungi (8.6 %) and 7 bacteria (30.4 %) were obtained. Phenetic and phylogenetic analysis of the 14 yeasts revealed 64.3 % tolerant to 500 g l−1 glucose, growth at 45 °C and resemblance to Candida sp. (14.3 %), Kluyveromyces marxianus (35.7 %), Pichia kudriavzevii (21.4 %) and Saccharomyces cerevisiae (28.6 %). Assessment of the 14 yeasts in glucose fermentation medium (pH 4.5 at 40 °C) showed ethanol productivity of ≥92 % by 12 yeasts with theoretical yields of 90–97 %. Fermentation of molasses (150 g l−1 glucose equivalent) by P. kudriavzevii D1C at 40 °C resulted in 73.70 ± 0.02 g l−1 ethanol and productivity of 4.91 ± 0.01 g l−1 h−1. Assessment of P. kudriavzevii D1C revealed multi-stress tolerance towards 5-hydroxymethyl furfural, ethanol (20 %, v/v), high gravity and H2O2 (0.3 M) indicating suitability for ethanol production using high gravity molasses and pre-treated lignocellulosic biomass fermentation.


Compost Multi-stress tolerance Pichia kudriavzevii Kluyveromyces marxianus Saccharomyces cerevisiae 



The assistance rendered by Mr. Pradeep Suryavanshi, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., Jalgaon, India for CO2 analysis of samples and Dr. G. S. Prasad, Microbial Type Culture Collection and GeneBank, Chandigarh, India for phenetic analysis of isolates is acknowledged. Mr. N. D. Dandi is grateful to Dr. Yogesh Shouche and Mr. Arvind Gupta, National Center for Cell Sciences, Pune, India for facilitating rDNA sequencing of the isolates under INSA Visiting Fellowship (Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi). Authors are also thankful to University Grants Commission and Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi for funding under SAP and FIST program, respectively to the institute.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Life SciencesNorth Maharashtra UniversityJalgaonIndia

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