Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 4 No. 2

Screening and Isolation of Laccase Producing Fungi from Saw Mill Wastes

D. Raghunathan¹* and Kantha D. Arunachalam²

¹Department of Biotechnology, Prathyusha Institute of Technology andManagement, Chennai - 602 025, India. ²Center for Inter-disciplinary Research, SRM University, Kattankulathur, Chennai - 603 203, India.

Received on 30 March 2010 and accepted on 09 May 2010

 

ABSTRACT

Fungal enzymes play a vital role in the biodegradation of various organic and inorganic compounds. Lignin is one such compound which causes considerable problems in the environment. The lignin degradation process is performed with the help of enzymes, mainly of microbial origin. The enzymes mainly involved in this process are oxidases and peroxidases especially laccases. The screening and isolation of laccase producing fungi from various saw mill wastes were undertaken in this study.

Keywords : Lignin, Biodegradation, Enzymes, Laccase, ABTS, Syringaldazine.