Screening for xylanase and β-xylosidase production from wood-inhabiting Penicillium strains for potential use in biotechnological applications

Jaejung Lee, Yeongseon Jang, Hanbyul Lee, Sangjoon Lee, Gyu Hyeok Kim, Jae-Jin Kim

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Experiments were performed to find potential sources for enzyme production for the pulp and paper industry and for biological ethanol production by screening the cellulase, xylanase and β-xylosidase activities of 36 species of Penicillium isolated from various wood materials in Korea. Rice straw powder (RiceP), birchwood xylan (BirchX), and beechwood xylan (BeechX) were supplied as individual carbon sources for the Penicillium species. All Penicillium species tested in this study showed little cellulase activity, but some species exhibited remarkably high xylanase and β-xylosidase activities, as determined by a filter paper assay. P. oxalicum showed the greatest xylanase activity on RiceP (158.70U ml-1). On the other hand, P. brevicompactum produced the highest active β-xylosidase on BirchX (6.25U ml-1).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-271
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb 1



  • β-xylosidase
  • biobleaching
  • Penicillium brevicompactum
  • Penicillium kloeckeri
  • Penicillium oxalicum
  • xylanase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials

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