World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 16, Issue 8–9, pp 889–893 | Cite as

Ligninolytic activity of tropical rainforest basidiomycetes

  • Luci Kimie Okino
  • Kátia Maria Gomes Machado
  • Carla Fabris
  • Vera Lúcia Ramos Bononi
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Abstract

A total of 116 strains of Brazilian tropical rainforest basidiomycetes were evaluated in terms of their ability to oxidize the dye rhemazol brilliant blue R (RBBR) and guaiacol. Laccase and peroxidase activities were detected by the drop test using solutions of α-naphthol and pyrogallol, respectively. RBBR and guaiacol oxidation occurred in 96.6 and 87.1% of the strains tested, respectively. One hundred strains oxidized both substrates. In the drop test, most strains presented laccase (96.6%) and peroxidase (92.2%) activity. The quick screening method used here can be useful to identify ligninolytic fungal strains to be used in various biotechnological applications.

Laccases ligninolytic activity peroxidases tropical rainforest basidiomycetes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luci Kimie Okino
    • 1
  • Kátia Maria Gomes Machado
    • 2
  • Carla Fabris
    • 1
  • Vera Lúcia Ramos Bononi
    • 1
  1. 1.Seção de Micologia e LiquenologiaInstituto de BotânicaSão PauloSP
  2. 2.Fundação Centro Tecnológico de Minas Gerais – CETECBelo Horizonte, MGBrasil

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