, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 1017–1027 | Cite as

Isolation and characterization of a fungus Aspergillus sp. strain F-3 capable of degrading alkali lignin

  • Y. S. YangEmail author
  • J. T. Zhou
  • H. Lu
  • Y. L. Yuan
  • L. H. Zhao
Original Paper


A fungus strain F-3 was selected from fungal strains isolated from forest soil in Dalian of China. It was identified as one Aspergillus sp. stain F-3 with its morphologic, cultural characteristics and high homology to the genus of rDNA sequence. The budges or thickened node-like structures are peculiar structures of hyphae of the strain. The fungus degraded 65% of alkali lignin (2,000 mg l−1) after day 8 of incubation at 30°C at pH 7. The removal of colority was up to 100% at 8 days. The biodegradation of lignin by Aspergillus sp. F-3 favored initial pH 7.0. Excess acid or alkali conditions were not propitious to lignin decomposing. Addition of ammonium l-tartrate or glucose delayed or repressed biodegradation activities. During lignin degradation, manganese peroxidase (28.2 U l−1) and laccase (3.5 U l−1)activities were detected after day 7 of incubation. GC-MS analysis of biodegraded products showed strain F-3 could convert alkali lignin into small molecules or other utilizable products. Strain F-3 may co-culture with white rot fungus and decompose alkali lignin effectively.


Alkali lignin Biodegradation Aspergillus sp. strain F-3 GC-MS analysis 



This work was supported by National Key Scientific and Technology Project for Water Pollution Treatment (2008 ZX07208-004-2); Projects (IRT0813) supported by Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. S. Yang
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • J. T. Zhou
    • 1
  • H. Lu
    • 1
  • Y. L. Yuan
    • 2
  • L. H. Zhao
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Environmental and Biological Science and TechnologyDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina
  2. 2.School of Environmental and Chemical EngineeringDalian UniversityDalianChina

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