Folia Microbiologica

, Volume 63, Issue 2, pp 129–140 | Cite as

The current status of Aureobasidium pullulans in biotechnology

  • Sehanat Prasongsuk
  • Pongtharin Lotrakul
  • Imran Ali
  • Wichanee Bankeeree
  • Hunsa Punnapayak
Review paper

Abstract

Different strains of the saprophytic yeast-like fungus Aureobasidium pullulans (Ascomycota: Dothideales) exhibit different biochemical characteristics, while their ubiquitous occurrence across diverse habitats and environmental conditions makes them an easily accessible source for biotechnological exploitation. They are useful in agricultural and industrial applications. Their antagonistic activities against postharvest pathogens make them suitable bioagents for the postharvest preservation of fruits and vegetables, while they possess antimicrobial activities against bacteria and fungi. Additionally, A. pullulans appears to be a potent source of single-cell protein. Many strains of A. pullulans harbor a wide range of industrially important enzymes, while the trademark exopolysaccharide pullulan that they produce has been extensively studied and is currently used in many applications. They also produce poly (β-l-malic acid), heavy oil liamocins, siderophore, and aubasidan-like β-glucan which are of interest for future applications. Ongoing studies suggest that A. pullulans holds many more interesting properties capable of further potential biotechnological applications.

Keywords

Aureobasidium pullulans Postharvest control Antimicrobial potentials Enzymes Pullulan 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors thank the Ratchadaphiseksomphot Endowment Fund of Chulalongkorn University for Plant Biomass Utilization Research Unit and Rachadapisek Sompote Fund for Postdoctoral Fellowship, Chulalongkorn University, for financial support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sehanat Prasongsuk
    • 1
  • Pongtharin Lotrakul
    • 1
  • Imran Ali
    • 1
    • 3
  • Wichanee Bankeeree
    • 1
  • Hunsa Punnapayak
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Plant Biomass Utilization Research Unit, Department of Botany, Faculty of ScienceChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and TechnologyUniversitas AirlanggaSurabayaIndonesia
  3. 3.Institute of BiochemistryUniversity of BalochistanQuettaPakistan

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