Cellulase production and ammonia metabolism in Trichoderma reesei on high levels of cellulose

Sternberg, D.; Dorval, S.

Biotechnology and Bioengineering 21(2): 181-191

1979


ISSN/ISBN: 0006-3592
PMID: 34447
DOI: 10.1002/bit.260210205
Accession: 004897129

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Abstract
Trichoderma can be cultured in stirred-tank fermentors on high (8%) cellulose concentrations without increasing the salt concentration of the medium when NH4OH is used to control pH and as a nitrogen source. Approximately 90% of the ammonia consumed by the organism can be added as NH4OH. The advantage of using high concentrations of cellulose is that culture filtrates with greater cellulase activity are obtained. The advantage of a low salts medium is that unwanted solutes in the final enzyme preparation are reduced. The appearance of cellulase in the medium occurs later than net ammonia uptake so that only 20% of the final amount of cellulase has appeared when 80% of the maximum amount of ammonia has been consumed.

Cellulase production and ammonia metabolism in Trichoderma reesei on high levels of cellulose