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Brazilian Journal of Microbiology

Print version ISSN 1517-8382On-line version ISSN 1678-4405


ALVES, Maria Helena; CAMPOS-TAKAKI, Galba M.; PORTO, Ana Lúcia Figueiredo  and  MILANEZ, Adauto Ivo. Screening of Mucor spp. for the production of amylase, lipase, polygalacturonase and protease. Braz. J. Microbiol. [online]. 2002, vol.33, n.4, pp.325-330. ISSN 1517-8382.

Fungi are well known by their ability to excrete enzymes into the environment. Among them, representatives of Mucor Fresen. have important biotechnological potential and some of them produce industrial enzymes. This work studied amylase, lipase, polygalacturonase and protease production by fifty-six isolates of Mucor belonging to 11 different taxa, selected from herbivores dung using solid media. The results showed that the majority of the isolates presented several enzymatic activities with predominance of polygalacturonase (96%), followed by amylase (84%), protease (82%) and lipase (66%).

Keywords : Fungal enzymes; Mucor; amylase; lipase; polygalacturonase; protease; herbivorous dung.

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