Author(s): Park JP, Kim SW, Hwang HJ, Yun JW
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Abstract AIMS: The objective of the present study was to determine the optimal culture conditions for exo-biopolymer production by Cordyceps militaris in shake flask culture. METHODS AND RESULTS: The optimal temperature and initial pH for both mycelial growth and exo-biopolymer production by Cordyceps militaris in shake flask culture were found to be 20 degrees C and 6.0, respectively. Sucrose (40 g x l(-1)) and corn steep powder (10 g x l(-1)) were the most suitable carbon and nitrogen source for both mycelial growth and exo-biopolymer production. CONCLUSION: Under optimal culture conditions, the maximum exo-biopolymer concentration in a 5-l jar fermenter indicated 10.3 g x l(-1), which was approximately three times higher than that in shake flask culture. SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF THE STUDY: This process can have a significant impact on the industrial scale when sucrose and corn steep powder were used as carbon and nitrogen source.
This article was published in Lett Appl Microbiol
and referenced in Fungal Genomics & Biology