• Survey of some Indian soils for laccase producing fungi and their lignin degrading ability

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      Laccase; lignin; wood; soils

    • Abstract


      One hundred and fifty soil samples collected from three climatologically different sites were screened for laccase production using lignin-guaiacol agar plates. All the 12 fungi isolated excepting one gave positive test for qualitative lignin degradation. Five fungi were selected further for quantitative study of wood/lignin degradation. The basidiomycetes proved to be better laccase producers and decomposers of wood/lignin. These gave comparable results to a known white-rot fungus,Polyporus versicolor (L.) Fr. and degraded wood sawdust causing a total weight loss of 7–8% and lignin loss up to 10% in 30 days.

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      D S Arora1 D K Sandhu1

      1. Department of Biology, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar - 143 005, India
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