Mycopathologia et mycologia applicata

, Volume 47, Issue 1–2, pp 93–103 | Cite as

On mycological fat production from iraqi date extract: The dibis

  • Kaiser Naguib
  • I. A. Al-Sohaily
  • A. S. Al-Sultan


Three strong fat-forming fungi, namely,Penicillium lilacinum, Penicillium soppi andAspergillus nidulans were grown on Iraqi date extract: the dibis supplemented with an external source of nitrogen in the form of asparagine, ammonium carbonate, or sodium nitrate.

Penicillium lilacinum was the slowest in growth and fat formation, but later it exceeded the two other fungi. Media supplemented with ammonium carbonate were the least conducive to growth and fat formation. Asparagine was most favorable for fat formation in case ofPenicillium lilacinum, sodium nitrate in case ofAspergillusn idulans, but in case ofPenicillium soppi, the two sources were equally good.

The use of different levels of nitrogen has shown that in case ofPenicillium lilacinum increase in nitrogen within the experimental limits was accompanied by an increase in fat yield. In case ofPenicillium soppi andAspergillus nidulans, the fat yield increased with decrease of nitrate nitrogen (increase in C:N ratio), but with asparagine, the medium concentration gave the heaviest yield.

The highest fat percentages or fat coefficients did not, however, coincide with the highest total fat yield nor with the complete exhaustion of the sugar content. It is concluded that addition of nitrogen at the proper concentration to dibis media can bring up growth and fat formation to a reasonable level. But, still, dibis as substrate for fat formation seems to be yet inferior to synthetic media favourable for fat formation.


Asparagine Penicillium Sugar Content Medium Concentration Synthetic Medium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaiser Naguib
    • 1
  • I. A. Al-Sohaily
    • 1
  • A. S. Al-Sultan
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology Department, College of ScienceBaghdad UniversityIraq

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