Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 411–415 | Cite as

Production of lovastatin by a wild strain of Aspergillus terreus

  • György Szakács
  • György Morovján
  • Robert P. Tengerdy


Of 68 Aspergillus terreus, three produced lovastatin with equivalent or better yield than strain ATCC 20542 originally described for lovastatin production. Medium optimization experiments with the best isolate (TUB F-514) indicated that lactose, rapeseed meal and KNO3 were the best carbon, organic nitrogen and inorganic nitrogen sources, respectively. In shake-flasks with optimized medium containing 4 % (w/v) lactose, 400 μg lovastatin/ml was produced, with a yield of 10 mg/g lactose. In solid substrate fermentation on extracted sweet sorghum pulp supplemented with cheese whey 1500 μg lovastatin/g dry weight was produced with a yield of 37.5 mg/g lactose. © Rapid Science Ltd. 1998


Fermentation Lactose Sorghum Lovastatin KNO3 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • György Szakács
    • 1
  • György Morovján
    • 2
  • Robert P. Tengerdy
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Chemical TechnologyTechnical University of BudapestBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Drugs and FeedsState Control Institute for Veterinary BiologicalsBudapestHungary
  3. 3.Department of MicrobiologyColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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