Thermophilic Fungal Diversity in Sustainable Development

  • Seema Dahiya
  • T. Satyanarayana
  • Bijender Singh


Thermophilic fungi inhabit a great variety of ecosystems such as soils, composts and several others. They have also been isolated from non-thermogenic environments. Both morphological and molecular approaches have been employed in identifying them. These fungi degrade a large number of lignocellulosic and other biomasses by producing a wide range of varied hydrolases. Hydrolytic enzymes of thermophilic fungi exhibit unusual properties, for example, thermostability, tolerance to organic solvents, long shelf life and others required for applications in different industrial processes. These moulds play a key role in composting, thus in mushroom production. Various antimicrobials and secondary metabolites are well known to be produced by these organisms, besides being useful in generating nanoparticles. They are also used as single cell protein and in waste treatment and bioremediation. The centre of attention in this chapter is the diversity of thermophilic fungi and their potential utility in sustainable development.


Thermophilic fungi Degradation Lignocellulosics Enzymes Composting Single-cell protein Bioremediation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seema Dahiya
    • 1
  • T. Satyanarayana
    • 3
  • Bijender Singh
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Bioprocess Technology, Department of MicrobiologyMaharshi Dayanand UniversityRohtakIndia
  2. 2.Department of Biotechnology, School of Interdisciplinary and Applied Life SciencesCentral University of HaryanaMahendergarhIndia
  3. 3.Division of Biological Sciences & EngineeringNetaji Subhas University of TechnologyNew DelhiIndia

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