Optimization of fungal enzyme production by Trichoderma harzianum KUC1716 through surfactant-induced morphological changes

Hanbyu Lee, Young Min Lee, Young Mok Heo, Joo Hyun Hong, Seokyoon Jang, Byoung Jun Ahn, Sung Suk Lee, Jae-Jin Kim

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The morphological optimization of Trichoderma harzianum was carried out using several surfactants to achieve increased cellulase production. Addition of the surfactants to the culture medium successfully modified the fungal morphology from an aggregated form to a dispersed form. Optimization of the fungal morphology increased cellulase activity up to 177%. The morphologically optimized conditions enhanced the accessibility of the fungus to substrates and thus promoted cellulase production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-51
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017



  • Cellulase
  • Fungal morphology
  • Surfactant
  • Trichoderma harzianum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Plant Science
  • Infectious Diseases

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