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Bhaskar Jyoti Nath1, Deep Prakash Parasar1,2, Ekta Verma3, Hridip Kumar Sarma1 and Arun Kumar Mishra3*
1Microbial Communication and Fungal Biology Group, Department of Biotechnology, Gauhati University, Guwahati – 781 014, Assam, India.
2Department of Biotechnology, Assam Down Town University, Guwahati – 781 068, Assam, India.
3Laboratory of Microbial Genetics, Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University,Varanasi – 221005, Uttar Pradesh, India.
J Pure Appl Microbiol, 2019, 13 (2): | Article Number: 5585
Received: 02/04/2019 | Accepted: 20/05/2019 | Published: 28/06/2019

In this investigation, growth promoting role of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) was assessed on yeasts representing three genera and four species viz Wickerhamomyces anomalus, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Candida tropicalis and Candida glabrata isolated from traditional fermentative starter materials of Ahom, Rabha, Bodo, Karbi, Kachari and Mishing communities of Assam, India. Isolates were first assessed for their ability to synthesize IAA in presence and absence of external tryptophan and was examined for stimulatory effect of growth on the tested isolates. Tryptophan dependent IAA synthesis was observed in 92% of isolates while 72% of isolates could synthesize IAA in absence of exogenous tryptophan. Candida glabrata KC3X could synthesize maximum IAA while Saccharomyces cerevisiae KR5.6 did not synthesize IAA in presence of external tryptophan. 3 out of 14 Wickerhamomyces isolates and the sole Saccharomyces isolate KR4.10 were found to synthesize significant amount of IAA in absence of tryptophan. Treatment of exogenous IAA on the growth of tested yeasts revealed that Saccharomyces isolates were more pronounced than others. Wickerhamomyces anomalus, Candida tropicalis and Candida glabrata did not show any significant response of growth in presence of exogenous IAA. This study concludes that plant condiments present in starter materials may aid in accelerated growth of Saccharomyces yeasts compared to non-Saccharomyces ones. Yeasts capable of synthesizing IAA but unable to show appreciable growth in presence of IAA may presumably facilitate sustenance of Saccharomyces spp. in fermentative consortia.


Ethnic community, traditional fermentation, yeasts, indole-3-acetic acid, growth.

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