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Growth optimization of an ectomycorrhizal fungus with respect to pH and temperature in vitro, using Design of Experiments

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The effect of external factors like pH of the medium, temperature and incubation period on the growth of the ectomycorrhizal fungus, Pisolithus tinctorius was studied as a function of the total fungal biomass produced, extracellular protein content and residual pH of the medium. The effect of the three parameters on the three responses was found to be significant and interdependent. Therefore, an attempt was made to optimize the growth of the fungus under varying conditions of pH, temperature and incubation period using the Box-Behnken Design of Experiments which is a second order model involving Response Surface Methodology and a second order quadratic equation. With this design expert, the optimum conditions of the three parameters that favoured the maximum growth of the fungus in vitro were found. The experimental values corroborated with the predicted values got from the model with the correlation coefficients 0.9349 for biomass, 0.9913 for protein and 0.9959 for final pH.

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Received: 24 March 1999

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Srinivasan, M., Natarajan, K. & Nagarajan, G. Growth optimization of an ectomycorrhizal fungus with respect to pH and temperature in vitro, using Design of Experiments. Bioprocess Engineering 22, 267–273 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1007/s004490050731

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Keywords

  • Biomass
  • Response Surface
  • Incubation Period
  • Response Surface Methodology
  • External Factor