Isolation and analysis of the enzymatic properties of thermophilic fungi from compost

Hanbyul Lee, Young Min Lee, Yeongseon Jang, Sangjoon Lee, Hwanhwi Lee, Byoung Jun Ahn, Gyu Hyeok Kim, Jae-Jin Kim

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To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on thermophilic fungi isolated in Korea. Three species of thermophiles were isolated from compost and were identified as Myriococcum thermophilum, Thermoascus aurantiacus, and Thermomyces lanuginosus. They can grow at temperatures above 50°C and produce high levels of cellulolytic and xylanolytic enzymes at high temperatures. Notably, the considerable thermostability of the endo-glucanase produced by T. aurantiacus has made the fungus an attractive source of industrial enzymes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-184
Number of pages4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases

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