Isolation of a chitosan degrading fungus, Penicillium spinulosum, and chitosanase production by the isolate

Ak O., Bakir U., Guray T.

International Symposium on New Frontiers in Screening for Microbial Biocatalysts, Ede, Netherlands, 15 - 18 December 1996, vol.53, pp.265-268 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 53
  • City: Ede
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Page Numbers: pp.265-268
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


A chitosan degrading fungus was isolated from chitosan and then identified as Penicillium spinulosum by the International Mycological Institute, England. The isolate was used for the production of chitosanase in a salts medium with either chitosan or Rhizopus cell walls as the sole carbon source. Chitosanase was produced under all the conditions tested, however better yields were obtained by using Rhizopus cell walls.