Studies on pectinolytic fungi from the mangrove sediments

S.D.V. Velho, J. DeSouza


A total of 52 fungal cultures were isolated from the mangrove swamps of Chapora, Mandovi, Sal and Zuari estuaries of Goa, India and screened for pectinolytic activity. Nearly 73% of the isolates exhibited pectinolytic activity (PG). Aspergillus sp. and Mucor sp. were found to be the most common species. Four isolates exhibiting higher activity were further studied for the enzyme production under static and shake culture conditions. The effects of salinity were also investigated. In addition the C:N ratio of sediment samples were also calculated


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