Cellulolytic and xylanolytic activities of common indoor fungi

Birgitte Andersen, Rehab Poulsen, Gustav Hammerich Hansen

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    Moldy building materials, such as chip wood and gypsum, should be a good source for fungal strains with high production of lignocellulolytic enzymes. Screening of 21 common indoor fungal strains showed, contrary to the expected, that the Chaetomium and Stachybotrys strains had little or no cellulolytic and xylanolytic activities using AZCL-assays. On the other hand, both Cladosporium sphaerospermum and Penicillium chrysogenum showed the highest cellulase, β-glucosidase, mannase, β-galactanase and arabinanase activities and would be good candidates for over-producers of enzymes needed to supplement industrial enzyme blends or boost the bioconversion of lignocellulose-rich biomass
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Biodeterioration & Biodegradation
    Pages (from-to)111-116
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • AZCL enzyme assay
    • Endo-enzymes
    • Wheat bran/sphagnum peat medium


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