Qualitative assessment of hydrolytic activities in antarctic microfungi grown at different temperatures on solid media

J. R. Bradner, M. Gillings, K. M H Nevalainen*

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    Abstract

    Microfungi from Antarctica were grown at 10 °C, 21 °C, 28 °C and 37 °C on a series of plates each containing a single carbon source and designed to indicate the secretion of particular hydrolytic enzymes. Colony radius and hydrolytic activity were measured and a relative activity index (RA) established. In general, effective hydrolysis occurred at mesophilic temperatures. Some enzymes, especially of Trichoderma spp. and Penicillium spp. showed maximum activity at 10 °C, indicating adaptation to the colder temperatures of the antarctic environment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)143-145
    Number of pages3
    JournalWorld Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
    Volume15
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

    Keywords

    • Antarctic
    • Fungi
    • Hydrolytic activities

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