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Corn stover-enhanced cellulase production by Aspergillus niger NRRL 567

MI Ghori, S Ahmed, MA Malana, A Jamil

Abstract


The production of extracellular cellulases by Aspergilus niger NRRL 567 on corn stover was studied in liquid state fermentation. In this study, three cellulases, exoglucanase (EXG), endoglucanase (EG) and β-glucosidase (BGL) were produced by A. niger NRRL 567. The optimal pH, temperature and incubation time for cellulases production was found to be 3.5, 30°C and 96 h, respectively. Maximal cellulases activities were achieved with 4% corn stover, 0.1% molasses and 1% yeast sludge. To our knowledge, this is the first report on production of cellulases by using corn stover as a substrate from A. niger NRRL 567.

Key words: Corn stover, yeast sludge, cellulases, Aspergi l lus niger .




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