Research Article | Open Access
Ayman A. Farrag1,2, Mohammed H. EL-Haw3 and Ahmad A.K Al-Bokhomy4
1Microbiology Department Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Egypt.
2Al-Azhar Center for Fermentation Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology, Egypt.
3Department of Botany and Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.
4Al-Azhar University, Tanta, Egypt.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2021;15(1):138-154 | Article Number: 6680 | © The Author(s). 2021
Received: 27/09/2020 | Accepted: 11/01/2021 | Published: 02/02/2021

The current study concerns with enhancement of xylanase and β-xylosidase activities from lignocellulosic materials by soil derived fungi Trichoderma viride under solid state fermentation (SSF). Xylanase and β-xylosidase activities were found to affected by variety of factors. In this study, some agricultural wastes were selected and used as sources for carbon. Sugar beet pulp (SBP) was at the forefront of these types. Also, various sources for nitrogen were selected to determine the best one. Yeast extract was the best organic source. Maximum xylanase activity took place by using inoculum size 1.8 × 105 spores / ml at 30°C when the pH was 5.5 for eight days of incubation with the addition of 0.1 % of Tween 40. Moreover, spores of Trichoderma viride were irradiated with gamma–rays. The maximum activity was observed upon using 0.7 kilo-gray (kGy). Furthermore, mixed cultures of Trichoderma viride and Penicillium janthenellum (wt / wt) were enhanced xylanase degrading capability. From another standpoint, ammonium sulphate and gel filtration chromatography were the best methods for xylanase purification. Characterizations of the purified enzyme were also selected and studied. It was found that, β-xylosidase enzyme exhibited its maximum activity and stability when the pH was 6 at 40°C by the addition of CaCl2 metal ion. On the other hand, total protein contents and volatile constituents of Trichoderma viride and Penicillium janthenellum were separated and investigated using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) techniques. It was found that, total protein contents for Trichoderma viride and Penicillium janthenellum were represented by fifteen and sixteen amino acids respectively. Also,29 compounds of the total volatile compounds for both Trichoderma viride and Penicillium janthenellum were identified. On the practical and applied field, crude enzyme was a good analyzer for agricultural residues as well showed antifungal and antibacterial effects.


Antibacterial, Antifungal, Biochemical, Biotechnological, β-xylosidase, Gamma–rays, GC / MS, HPLC, Trichoderma viride, Xylanase


Biotechnology is a branch of sciences that concerned with the commercial use of living organisms and /or their products. This technology covers a wide range of areas including medicine, environment, agriculture, industry and pharmacy to develop useful and promising products37. Medical biotechnology is concerned with the use of biological compounds in the field of human health and disease diagnosis at initial stage of the disease. Environmental biotechnology is defined as the development of biological compounds to treat environmental pollutants and convert them into harmless compounds32. Agricultural biotechnology includes some agricultural crops which can be used to produce petroleum products via chemical processes such as jatropha plant in the field of biodiesel production. Sugar also fermented into acid, as it can be used for various industrial purposes24,30,34. Agriculture wastes are one of the biggest problems in our world. If this problem is not solved, it will lead to environmental pollution. Industrial biotechnology includes the use of living organisms and/or their products to improve efficiency and reduce environmental impacts from industrial processes such as paper, textile, pulp and chemical industries15. This technique involves developing enzymes as biocatalysts to synthesize chemical compounds. Lignocellulosic biomass have a great potential to be used in the industrial processes, particularly in the field of enzymes production31. Xylane is the main part of plant polysaccharides18. It is a complex polysaccharide that made of xylose-residue backbone each subunit linked to each other by a β-1, 4-glycosidic bond27. Xylanases are groups of enzymes complexes that break down xylane. These enzymes are specific to substrates which cleave chemical bonds of different nature6. β-xylosidases are the most extensively studied components of this system. This enzymatic system was efficient for biodegradation of agricultural wastes and will ultimately provide means to a ‘greener technology’5. The degradation of plant cell walls requires a large number of enzymes with different specificity12. Lignin is an undesirable component in the pulp and paper industry which removed by chemical treatments process and this called enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulose35. Fungi are known to produce a vast range of secondary metabolites such as enzymes, vitamins, antibiotics, polysaccharides and other organic acids which equivalent to that chemically synthesized10. The production of secondary metabolites by Trichoderma and Penicillium shows great variety and application potential in this field pharmaceutical and human health applications. Fungi are capable of producing several important secondary metabolites which are used as antifungal and antibacterial agents23. Fungi are capable of synthesize the bioactive metabolites from few precursors using unique biochemical path-way7. Trichoderma viride and Penicillium janthenellum recorded antifungal and antibacterial effects against Candida sp. and E. coli respectively2.

Aims and Highlights of This Study
The aim of this work is to use Trichoderma viride and Penicillium janthenellum for xylanase production during growth on solid substrates and describes approaches for biotechnological applications.

We carried out this study in the following areas:

  1. Quantitative survey for xylanase and β-xylosidase activities.
  2. Optimization of the fermentation parameters affecting enzymes production.
  3. Enzyme purification by different methods.
  4. Characterizations of the purified enzyme produced.
  5. HPLC and GC/MS analysis of the crude extract and the volatile constituent.
  6. Some agricultural wastes treatment and pharmaceutical applications.
Materials and Methods

List of chemicals and reagents used

  1. 4-nitro phenyl β-D-xylopyranoside
  2. Acetone
  3. Ammonium hydroxide
  4. Ammonium sulfate
  5. Boric acid
  6. Cobalt (II) chloride pentahydrate
  7. Copper (II) sulfate pentahydrate
  8. Ethanol
  9. Ferrous sulfate heptahydrate
  10. Iodine-potassium iodide
  11. Magnesium sulfate
  12. Magnesium sulfate heptahydrate
  13. Manganese (II) chloride heptahydrate
  14. Pentane
  15. Potassium dihydrogen phosphate
  16. Potassium iodide
  17. Potassium nitrate
  18. Sodium acetate
  19. Sodium carbonate
  20. Sodium chloride
  21. Sodium sulphate anhydrous
  22. Sulphuric acid
  23. Triton X100 and Tween 20, 40, 60 and 80
  24. Zinc sulfate heptahydrate

Strains selection and media used
Trichoderma viride (RCMB) 017002 and Penicillium janthenellum (RCMB) 001033 [1] were selected to produce xylanase and β-xylosidase under solid state fermentation. These strains were obtained from Al Azhar University, The Regional Center for Mycology and Biotechnology, Cairo, Egypt. Media used for screening must contain micronutrient elements such as carbone and nitrogen sources in addition to other metals (Table 1).

Table (1):
Media used for xylanase production25: Add to 100 ml of distilled water the following elements.

Carbone source
0.1 g of sugar beet pulp
MgSO4.7 H2O
0.5 g
1.0 g
0.5 g
Trace element solution
0.1 ml (Add to 100 ml of distilled water: (0.5 g) FeSO4. 7 H2O, (2.0 g) ZnSO4.7 H2O, (0.15 g) CuSO4.5 H2O, (0.5 g) MnCl2.7 H2O, (0.15 g) CoCl2. 5 H2O and (1.0 g) H3BO3).

Xylanase production and estimation
Trichoderma viride and Penicillium janthenellum were grown on modified agar media followed by observing zones around colonies. After the colonies reached around 3 mm, iodine-potassium iodide solution (1.0 g iodine, 5.0 g potassium iodide, and 330 ml distilled water) was added to detect clearance zones. The fermentation was done in 125 ml flasks contained 5 g of lignocellulosic materials at 30°C when pH was 58. A nutrient solution used for keeping the moisture level at 70% (Table 2).

Table (2):
Nutrient solution composition: Add to 100 ml of distilled water the following elements.

(NH4)2 SO4
0.35 g
0.05 g
0.30 g
Tween 80
1.0 g
Micronutrient solution
0.1 ml (add to 100 ml of distilled water: (0.05 g) (NH4)2SO4, (0.05 g) MgSO4 and (0.05 g) KH2PO4).

After the experimental time run out, 50 ml of distilled water was added to the fermentation flask and the mixture was stirred at 100 rpm for 1 h. Solid phase was removed by the vacuum filtration and the liquid phase was centrifuged at 10.000 xg. The supernatant was used as crude enzyme solution. In this study, 0.2 ml of the crude enzyme solution was added to flask contained 4 ml of 0.5% (w/v) substrates dissolved in 200 mM citrate solution with pH 5.5 at 25°C. For enzyme estimation, optical density was measured at zero time and after 1 min by used spectrophotometer (Hitachi model U-2000 with electronic temperature control unit) at 235 nm.

Xylanase optimization and purification
Xylanase production was induced by various factors such as carbon sources, nitrogen sources, inoculum sizes, incubation periods, pH values, incubation temperatures, surfactants, gamma irradiation doses and mixed cultures of Trichoderma viride/Penicillium janthenellum. In this study, centrifugation and gel filtration chromatography were selected for xylanase purification. In centrifugation method, ammonium sulfate was added to 500 ml of cultural filtrate to reached to 60% saturation, and leave for 60 min at 4°C, then centrifuged for 20 min at 9000 rpm to separate the pellets. Ammonium sulfate was added again to supernatant to bring to 70% saturation and leave overnight, then centrifuged at 9000 rpm for 20 min, then 50 ml of sodium acetate solution was added to dissolve the active fraction with maintained the pH to 6 and dialyzed against the same buffer1. In gel filtration chromatography method, Sephadex G-100 column was loaded with dialyzed enzyme and eluted with sodium acetate buffer at pH 5.9 and flow rate 20 ml/h. Total 30 fractions of 5 ml were subsequently collected and its protein content was measured at optical density 280 using spectrophotometer (UV-VIS 1601 Shimadzu, Japan). The fractions that showed higher enzymatic activity were pulled together for characterization29.

β-xylosidase activity measurement
Sodium carbonate solution was added to 4-nitro phenyl β-D-xylopyranoside as a substrate followed by addition of enzymatic extract with adjust the pH to 5 at 60° C for 10 min8. The unit of enzyme activity (U) was defined as the amount of enzyme required to release 1 μ mol of reducing sugar per minute19.

Characterization of β-xylosidase enzyme
In this study, the activity and stability of β-xylosidase enzyme were induced by various factors such as pH values, temperatures, and metal ions within concentration of 10 mM26.

Total protein content and investigation of the volatile constituents
Fungal mycelia were extracted with 70% ethanol. Separation of proteins were done according to Bellomonte et al. 19874. In this method, 2.5 g of extract was dissolved in mixture of (10 ml distilled water, 23 ml ethanol and 2.5 ml sulphuric acid) and leave for 20 min at 27°C. Then, 25 ml of distilled water and 125 ml ethanol were added again. Ammonium hydroxide was added to adjust the pH to 3 and the mixture was filtrated. Acetone was added till precipitate was formed and centrifuged at 4000 rpm, then collected, dried and weighed. Then, HPLC analysis was detected. On the other hand, 25 g of fresh mycelia was distilled with pentane as organic solvent. The pentane layer was collected, dried over sodium sulphate anhydrous and stored at 4°C for GC/MS analysis. Then, investigation of the volatile constituents was also detected.

Xylanase applications
Xylanase was used for treatment of some agricultural residues such as wheat, rice straw and sugar cane bagasse21. In this study, 50 ml of crude enzyme was mixed with each residue in shaking flasks with 120 rpm for 24 and 48 h at 50°C and pH 7. The supernatant used to determine the reducing sugar. Also, crude extraction from fresh fungi Trichoderma viride and Penicillium janthenellum were evaluated as antimicrobial agents (antibacterial and antifungal) using antibiotic assay method. In this method, 50, 100, 150, and 200 µg/disc crude extract of Penicillium janthenellum and Trichoderma viride were tested against Candida sp. and E. coli using Sabouraud dextrose and nutrient agar media respectively. Fungal plates were incubated under aseptic conditions for 72 h at 28°C while, bacterial plates were incubated for 24 h at 30°C. The diameter of inhibition zone (mm) for each pathogen was determined exactly and then, the mean of the triplicates was calculated.


Screening to choose the most potent fungal strain
Trichoderma viride and Penicillium janthenellum were compared for xylanase production because of their higher ability to produce the enzyme. They showed xylanase activities represented by 330.3 and 220.5 U/gds for Trichoderma viride and Penicillium janthenellum respectively (Table 3).

Table (3):
Screening of the most potent fungal xylanase producers.

Enzyme Strains and enzymatic activities (U / gds)
Penicillium janthenellum (RCMB) 001033[1] Trichoderma viride
(RCMB) 017002
Xylanase 220.5 ± 0.5 330.3 ± 0.06

Xylanase optimization produced by Trichoderma viride
In this study, we focused on Trichoderma viride for xylanase production. The organism ingested nutrients to live and produces secondary metabolites. Secondary metabolites were found to affect by various factors. Carbon source played an important role in the production of xylanase. To reduce the cost of enzyme production, an inexpensive lignocellulosic substrate should be preferred. The results showed that, sugar beet pulp (SBP) was the best source for carbon that exhibited the maximum xylanase activity while, other carbon sources gave lower activities. Wheat bran and (SBP + broad bean) exhibited un-noticeable change of enzymatic activity which represented by 130 and 131.5 U/gds respectively. There were slightly noticeable differences between (SBP + wheat bran) and (SBP + banana) which gave enzymatic activities represented by 220, and 224 U/gds respectively (Fig. 1). Nitrogen source also was optimized for maximum xylanase production under SSF. It was found that, the most potent nitrogen sources were yeast extract as organic source and ammonium sulfate as inorganic one which the activities represented by 330.3 and 328.6 U/gds respectively. Malt extract was the third nitrogen source that gave noticeable change of enzymatic activity after yeast extract and ammonium sulphate. Other nitrogen sources including organic and inorganic gave lower xylanase activity (Fig. 2). The maximum xylanase activity produced at inoculum size 1.8 × 105 spores/ml. As inoculum size increased, xylanase activity decreased (Fig. 3). The period of incubation was also optimized to find out the time period for maximum xylanase production. Trichoderma viride started xylanase activity from the second day of incubation period with slightly enzymatic activity. The enzyme activity increased as the incubation period increased and reached its maximum activity on the eighth day of the incubation period, then began to decrease significantly as the incubation period increase. However, xylanase activity still moderately high even on the ninth day of the incubation period (Fig. 4). The pH values of the culture medium also affect the production of enzyme. Several fungi are able to produce xylanase in acidic medium. Trichoderma viride was able to produce xylanase at all tested pH values. It was shown that, at low pH ranges (3 – 4), the activity was very low, then began to increase gradually until reached its maximum activity at pH ranges (5 – 6). The maximum activity was achieved at pH 5.5, then the activity started to decrease at pH ranges (6.5 – 7.5) (Fig. 5). Temperature is one of the most essential parameters that found to affect the production of xylanase under SSF. Trichoderma viride started xylanase activity at 20°C and reached its maximum rate at 30°C, then the activity started to decrease as the incubation temperature increased. Above the optimum temperature (30°C), the enzyme denatured and thus the production decreased (Fig. 6). Surfactants were found to make a dispersing effect on the media and result in enhanced the aeration and increase in the enzyme secretion. The highest xylanase activity was observed upon addition of 0.1% of Tween 40. Tweens 20 and 60 caused slightly increase on activities as compared to Tween 40, while no effect occurred upon using triton X-100 (Fig. 7). Spores of Trichoderma viride were irradiated with slightly doses of gamma–rays. The maximum xylanase activity was achieved upon using 0.7 kGy of gamma irradiation dose then, the activity decreased as gamma irradiation doses increased until reached to 2 kGy of gamma irradiation doses, the enzyme activity faded (Fig. 8). Also, mixed cultures of Trichoderma viride and Penicillium janthenellum were found to increase xylanase degrading capability by about 101.75% higher than Trichoderma viride only and 202.2% higher than Penicillium janthenellum only (Fig. 9). Data in (Table 4) showed summarize of the optimum conditions used for the xylanase production.

Table (4):
Summary of the optimum conditions for the xylanase production.

Physiological factors
Incubation period (days)
Temperature (ºC)
pH value
Carbon source
Sugar beet pulp
Nitrogen source
Yeast extract
Inoculum size (spores / ml)
Tween 40
Radiation (kGy)

Fig. 1. Effect of different carbon sources on xylanase activity

Fig. 2. Effect of different nitrogen sources on xylanase activity

Fig. 3. Effect of different inoculum sizes on xylanase activity

Fig. 4. Effect of different incubation periods on xylanase activity

Fig. 5. Efect of different pH values on xylanase activity

Fig. 6. Effect of different incubation temperatutres on xylanase activity

Fig. 7. Effect of different surfactants on xylanase activite

Fig. 8. Effect of different gamma-irradition doses on xylanase activity

Fig. 9. Effect of mixed cultures on xylanase activity

Xylanase purification and β-xylosidase characterization
Xylanase purification was done by the centrifugation followed by ammonium sulphate. When cultural filtrate was saturated with ammonium sulphate up to 60%, the enzyme activity decreased to 6.03 U/ml, while supernatant was saturated again up to 75%, the enzyme activity raised to 13.47 U/ml. While, enzyme without ammonium sulphate exhibited activity determined by 17.24 U/ml (Fig. 10). From the results, β-xylosidase exhibited its maximum activity and stability when the pH was 6 at 40°C within addition of Cacl2 (Fig. 11,12,13,14 and 15).

Fig. 10. Partial purification of xylanase

Fig. 11. Effect of different pH values on activity of the purified β-xylosidase

Fig. 12. Effect of different pH values on stability of the purified β-xylosidase

Fig. 13. Effect of different temperatures on activity of the purified β- xylosidase

Fig. 14. Effect of different temperatures on stability of the purified β- xylosidase

Fig. 15. Effect of different metal ions on activity of the purified β-xylosidase

Total protein content and investigation of the volatile constituents
Trichoderma viride exhibited protein content represented by 12% (wt/wt), while Penicillium janthenellum exhibited 10% (wt/wt). HPLC analysis of total protein content of Trichoderma viride showed seven essential amino acids represented by 40.39% and eight non-essential amino acids represented by 59.61% (wt/wt) (Table 5). On the other hand, HPLC analysis of total protein content of Penicillium janthenellum showed eight essential amino acids represented by 41.49% and eight non-essential amino acids represented by 58.51% (wt/wt) (Figs 16 and 17). The volatile constituents of Trichoderma viride and Penicillium janthenellum were represented by 0.14% of fresh mycelia for each strain. GC/MS analysis identified 29 compounds which represented by 84.17% and 79.18% of the total volatile compounds for Trichoderma viride and Penicillium janthenellum respectively (Table 6).

Table (5):
Total protein content of T. viride and P. janthenellum.

Amino acids Penicillium janthenellum Trichoderma viride
Time (min) Amino acids (%) Time (min) Amino acids (%)
Threonine 14.08 2.98 12.48 2.35
Valine 29.08 3.14 30.13 4.87
Methionine 33.87 10.88 32.76 10.89
Isoleucine 36.47 2.66 34.51 3.87
Leucine 38.18 3.16 36.29 2.27
Phenylalanine 42.95 5.52 41.11 6.91
Lysine 52.17 9.01 49.48 9.23
Histidine 54.04 4.14 0 0
Total essential amino acids 41.49 % 40.39 %
Aspartic acid 13.40 8.07 8.13 8.84
Serine 16.90 4.20 11.83 6.25
Glutamic acid 18.45 6.88 13.52 13.93
Glycine 24.45 7.14 20.52 3.79
Proline 25.95 2.18 22.22 5.28
Alanine 27.85 10.44 23.92 8.58
Tyrosine 42.84 11.15 42.92 6.97
Arginine 65.29 8.45 61.22 5.97
Total nonessential amino acid                58.51 % 59.61 %
Total identified amino acids                            100 %

Table (6):
GC / MS analysis of the volatile constituents from P. janthenellum and T. viride mycelia.

Peak No. Strain  Time (min) Boiling Point (°C) Mol. wt.
(g / mol)
Mol. Formula Compound %
1 P. janthenellum 2.59 129 100.16 C6H12O Hexanal 4.66
T. viride 3.48 57 128 C8H16O Cyclooctanol 6.98
2 P. janthenellum 3.45 230.5 134.17 C6H14O3 Dipropylene glycol 3.01
T. viride 4.19 41 130 C6H10O3 6,8-Dioxabicyclo octan-4-ol 2.85
3 P. janthenellum 5.52 218 134.18 C9H10O Propiophenone 4.06
T. viride 4.52 218 134.18 C9H10O Propiophenone 3.96
4 P. janthenellum 6.35 159 136.24 C10H16 Limonene 2.23
T. viride 7.12 173 134.22 C10H14 Isobutylbenzene 2.11
5 P. janthenellum 6.51 172 140.26 C10H2O Isobutyl cyclohexane 1.75
T. viride 7.51 159 136.24 C10H16 Limonene 2.79
6 P. janthenellum 7.12 195 142.24 C9H18O 2-nonanone 2.12
T. viride 8.16 81 140 C9H16O 6-Methyl-bicyclooctan-7-ol 1.96
7 P. janthenellum 7.54 235 148.2 C10H12O Isobutyrophenone 2.82
T. viride 8.52 174.1 142.29 C10H22 n-Decane 1.92
8 P. janthenellum 8.42 230.5 150.22 C10H14O Carvone 2.34
T. viride 9.52 235 148.2 C10H12O Isobutyrophenone 1.88
9 P. janthenellum 9.49 209 152.23 C10H16O Camphor 1.98
T. viride 10.23 209 152.23 C10H16O Camphor 1.73
10 P. janthenellum 13.57 258 164.24 C11H16O Jasmone 2.13
T. viride 14.37 43 154 C10H18O 1,8-Cineole 1.93
11 P. janthenellum 14.15 40 168.23 C10H16O2 Ascaridole 2.07
T. viride 15.35 258 164.24 C11H16O Jasmone 2.87
12 P. janthenellum 15.12 269.6 171.26 C10H18O2 Decanoate 3.16
T. viride 17.12 40 168.23 C10H16O2 Ascaridole 2.76
13 P. janthenellum 18.53 146 174.28 C10H22O2 di-tert-amyl peroxide 2.18
T. viride 20.23 43 172 C10H20O2 1,2-Dihydro-8-hydroxylinalool 1.98
14 P. janthenellum 19.29 277 182.3 C12H22O Cyclododecanone 1.32
T. viride 21.29 81 180 C12H20O 2,4-Dodecadienal 1.23
15 P. janthenellum 20.31 259 186.34 C12H26O Dodecanol 1.76
T. viride 22.37 184.32 184 C12H24O Dodecanal 1.56
16 P. janthenellum 22.12 304 202.33 C12H26O2 1,12-Dodecanediol 2.37
T. viride 24.17 55 200 C12H24O2 1,2-Cyclododecanediol 1.87
17 P. janthenellum 23.42 276 206.37 C15H26 Cedrane 2.25
T. viride 25.42 121 204.35 C15H24 Isocaryophyllene 3.45
18 P. janthenellum 24.46 330.6 220.35 C15H24O Butylated hydroxyl toluene 2.91
T. viride 26.41 265.1 208.38 C15H28 Cyclopentadecene 3.71
19 P. janthenellum 25.37 358.8 236.35 C15H24O2 Hernandulcin 3.44
T. viride 28.17 300 210.4 C15H30 1-Pentadecene 4.89
20 P. janthenellum 33.19 122 223.36 C15H26O Nerolidol 5.42
T. viride 33.11 41 220 C15H24O Caryophyllene oxide 4.52
21 P. janthenellum 34.16 345.5 224.33 C14H24 O2 5,8-Tetradecadienoic acid 3.63
T. viride 34.26 153 222 C15H26O α-Bisabolol 4.94
22 P. janthenellum 34.52 329 238.4 C16H30O Muscone 2.82
T. viride 35.12 161 222 C15H26O Guaiol 2.32
23 P. janthenellum 35.46 211 240.42 C16H32O Hexadecanal 3.12
T. viride 36.16 81 222 C15H26O 6-Epi-shyobunol 2.99
24 P. janthenellum 35.59 129.66 268.5 C18H36O Cyclooctadecanol 1.88
T. viride 37.26 59 222 C15H26O Elemol 2.01
25 P. janthenellum 36.58 156 296.5 C20H40O Isophytol 2.31
T. viride 38.48 119 222.36 C15H26O α-Acorenol 3.51
26 P. janthenellum 37.47 343 340.58 C22H44O2 Docosanoic acid 2.47
T. viride 39.57 43 238 C15H26O2 Cedrane-8,13-diol 3.45
27 P. janthenellum 38.54 272 368.63 C24H48O2 Lignoceric acid 3.29
T. viride 41.12 55 254 C16H30O2 9-Hexadecenoic acid 2.89
28 P. janthenellum 40.41 451 480.85 C32H64O2 Lacceroic acid 4.07
T. viride 45.11 41 318 C21H34O2 Methyl arachidonate 2.67
29 P. janthenellum 48.48 489.9 492.9 C35H72O 1-Pentatriacontanol 1.64
T. viride 49.15 43 536 C37H76O 1-Heptatriacontanol 2.44
Total identified compounds of P. janthenellum 79.18
Total identified compounds of T. viride 84.17

Fig. 16. HPLC analysis  of total protein content of Penicillium janthenellum

Fig. 17. HPLC analysis  of total protein content of Trichoderma viride

Fig. 18. Treatment of lignocellulosic substrates with purified xylanase

Xylanase applications
Wheat and rice straw were more efficiently to xylanase hydrolysis but, sugarcane bagasse was the more intensive one. As the incubation period increased, the reducing sugars released increased (Fig. 18). Results in (Table 7) illustrated that no inhibition zones were detected when disks were loaded with 50 µg/disc of the extract. While, 100 µg/disc concentration showed remarkable inhibition zone against Candida sp. and E. coli which represented by 10.93 mm and 10.16 mm respectively. This concentration known as minimum inhibition concentration (MIC). The inhibition zone increased as concentration of crude extraction increased. The crude extraction recorded high inhibition zone at 200 µg/disc which represented by 12.67 mm and 12.17 mm for Candida sp. and E. coli respectively.

Table (7):
Effects of crude extraction of P. janthenellum and T. viride on fungal and bacterial activities.

Biological Activity Tested organisms Diameter of inhibition zone (mm)
50 µg / disc 100 µg / disc 150 µg / disc 200 µg / disc
 Antifungal Candida sp. N. D 10.93 ± 0.33 a 11.43 ± 0.63 12.67 ± 0.23
Antibacterial E. coli N. D 10.16 ± 0.11a 11.96 ± 0.21 12.17 ± 0.73

* N. D: no inhibition zone was detected.
* Groups with same letters known as MIC.


In this study, Trichoderma viride was selected to produce xylanase and β-xylosidase enzymes under solid state fermentation conditions. Agriculture wastes like (sugar beet pulp, (sugar beet pulp + wheat bran), wheat bran, (sugar beet pulp + banana), (sugar beet pulp + broad bean) and broad bean) were used as sources of carbon for xylanase production. It was shown that, the maximum xylanase activity was achieved when sugar beet pulp (SBP) was used as a sole carbon source and yeast extract as a nitrogen source. These results were found to agree with Yardimci and Cekmecelioglu 2018; Ketipally and Ram 201813,38 who reported that, xylanase production was increased significantly when arabinose, xylose and cellulose were used as a sole carbon source. Otherwise, they were also reported that, yeast extract, malt extract and peptone with beef extract were the best sources for nitrogen that gave higher xylanase activity. In this study, Trichoderma viride showed its maximum xylanase activity on the eighth day of the incubation period. This result was agree with SIPRIYADI et al. 202033 who reported that, the maximum activity of xylanase was obtained on the eighth day of incubation. Also, Richhariya et al. 202028 reported that, the maximum xylanase production was moderately high when wheat bran was used as a carbon source after 8 days of incubation. Temperature and pH value are essential factors to find out the maximum xylanase production under solid state fermentation. The optimum temperature and pH for xylanase production produced by Trichoderma viride achieved at 30°C when the pH was 5.5. These results were found to agree with Richhariya et al. 202028 who reported that the optimum xylanase production took place when the pH was (6–7) at 30°C for 8 days of incubation. The enzyme production decreased as pH and temperature increased. Also, in this study, the maximum xylanase production took place at the inoculum size 1.8 × 105 spores/ml. This result disagree with Ezeilo et al. 202011 who reported that, 1 × 108 spores/g was the optimum inoculum size for xylanase production, while enzyme activity decreased as inoculum size increased. Also, Khanahmadi et al. 201814 reported that, the optimum inoculum level for xylanase production was 1 × 10 7 spores/ml. Surfactants played an important and positive role in enhancement of enzyme activity. Surfactants induced the enzyme production by increased the penetration of water into the solid substrate and increased the surface area for microbial growth which increased the permeability of the microbial cell membrane and increase the release of proteins into the medium. In this study, the highest xylanase activity was achieved upon addition of Tween 40. While, Tweens 20 and 60 caused slightly increase on the activity as compared to the control. While no effect occurred upon using triton X-100. These results were agree with Bala and Singh 20173 who reported that, different surfactants such as Tweens and triton X-100 enhanced production of all the hydrolytic enzymes as compared to other surfactants. Khanahmadi et al. 2018; Nanjundaswamy and Okeke 202014,22 reported that, the maximum xylanase production was achieved by the addition of 0.1% (w/v) of Tween 20. Gamma-mutagenesis including gamma irradiation has a great importance and advantages as a mutagenic agent. The optimum dose of gamma irradiation used to produce the highest quantity of xylanase was 0.7 kGy. Further increase of gamma irradiation doses results in a noticeable decrease of viability of spores. This result disagree with Kostyleva et al. 201816 who found that, the most aggressive irradiation dose that gave the highest levels target of the enzyme was 2.5 kGy. Xylanase and endoglucanase activities obtained by irradiated T. reesei strain were significantly higher than the activities observed in the original strain. On the other hand, mixed culture of recombinant strains can reduce the cost of enzyme production and increase enzyme degrading capability. Trichoderma viride and Penicillium janthenellum mixed cultures used for enhancement of xylanase degrading capability. This result agree with Deshpande et al. 20089 who reported that T. reesei and A. niger mixed cultures used to improve the hydrolysis of xylanase production. Also, Murugan et al. 201520 reported that, mixed cultures were produced higher xylanase titers than the mono-cultures. The results in this study showed that, xylanase was purified by centrifugation, followed by ammonium sulfate method. Kumar et al. 201917 were reported that, crude xylanase was precipitated with 60% of ammonium sulphate, then leave overnight at 4°C. The obtained results demonstrated that, β-xylosidase exhibited its maximum activity and stability at 40°C when the pH was 6 by the addition of Cacl2. These results disagree with Ye et al. 201739 who reported that, β-xylosidase exhibited the highest activity at 50°C when pH was 7 by the addition of Ca+2. Also, Wu et al. 200636 reported that, monovalent cations had small stimulating effects on the enzymatic activity. Finally, Penicillium janthenellum recorded antifungal effect against Candida sp. and Trichoderma viride recorded antibacterial effect against E. coli and these results were agree with Awad et al. 20182 who reported that, Trichoderma viride recorded inhibition effect against fungi Rhizoctonia solani, Sclerotome rolfsii and Fusarium solani. Also, the fungal mycelial extract proved antibacterial and antifungal activity against E. coli and Candida albicans respectively at concentration of 100 μg/disc.


In this study, T. viride (RCMB) 017002 and P. janthenellum (RCMB) 001033 [1] were obtained from Al Azhar University, The Regional Center for Mycology and Biotechnology, Cairo, Egypt. Strains were selected to grow under solid state fermentation (SSF) conditions for xylanase and β-xylosidase production. Xylanase produced in this study was characterized by its production using cheaper agricultural wastes. It was found that, the maximum xylanase activity was achieved when the medium was supplemented with sugar beet pulp as a carbone source and yeast extract as nitrogen source when the inoculum size was 1.8 × 105 spores/ml for eight days of incubation at 30°C by adjusted pH to 5.5 upon addition of Tween 40 and upon using 0.7 kGy of gamma irradiation does. T. viride and P. janthenellum mixed culture used for the enhancement of xylanase production and increased xylanase degrading capability. For xylanase purification, ammonium sulfate method was selected. β-xylosidase enzyme produced by T. viride was found to active and stable at all pH ranges, it increased gradually until reached its maximum activity and stability at pH 6, then decreased gradually. Also, β-xylosidase enzyme exhibited its maximum activity and stability at 40°C. Beyond 40°C, the activity and stability decreased. Furthermore, β-xylosidase activity increased by adding CaCl2 as metal ion. T. viride exhibited protein content represented by 12% (wt/wt) and HPLC analysis showed seven essential amino acids and eight non-essential amino acids represented by 40.39% and 59.61% (wt/wt) respectively while, P. janthenellum exhibited protein content represented by 10% (wt/wt) and HPLC analysis showed eight essential amino acids and eight non-essential amino acids represented by 41.49% and 58.51% (wt/wt) respectively. The volatile constituents of P. janthenellum and T. viride represented by 0.14% of fresh mycelia. GC/MS analysis identified 29 compounds which represented by 79.18 and 84.17% of the total volatile compounds for P. janthenellum and T. viride respectively. Lignocellulosic residues were found to be susceptible for xylanase hydrolysis. T. viride and Penicillium janthenellum played an important role in the human health by producing several important secondary metabolites which could be used as potential antimicrobial drugs.


Strains that selected in this study were obtained from Al Azhar University, The Regional Center for Mycology and Biotechnology, Cairo, Egypt. Thanks to Botany Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

All authors listed have made a substantial, direct and intellectual contribution to the work, and approved it for publication.


The protocol of this study was approved by the Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt (2017).

All data included in this study were presented in the form of tables and Figures.

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