CELLULOSE BIODEGRADATIVE POTENTIAL OF SOME FUNGIM.N. ABUBACKER, P. ANBul, A. HILDA' AND S. SENTHILKUMAR2
Fifteen fungal species which colonize the stored books in the library have been isolated and the cellulose biodegradative potential of these fungi was examined. Carbon di-oxide (CO2) release during biodegradation of cellulose was used as an index to determine the extent of biodegradation. Phoma glomerata, Paecilomyces cameus, Geotrichum candidum, 8/polaris maydis and Hum/cola fuscoatra released more CO2 with paper used as substrate of biodegradation. These potential fungi can be exploited in cellulose waste recycling process. the help of a sterile inoculation loop. These fungal spores are inoculated in the Czapek's - Sucrose - Nitrate - Agar - Medium (Booth, 1971) in the inoculation chamber in Petri dishes and then incubated at 28° ± 1°C. Further subcultures were made and the pure cultures were maintained in the laboratory for further studies The fifteen fungal species isolated are listed
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