Mass Cultivation of Mycorrhiza-Like Fungus Piriformospora indica (Serendipita indica) by Batch in Bioreactor

  • Uma Singhal
  • Manpreet Kaur Attri
  • Ajit VarmaEmail author


Piriformospora indica (Serendipita indica) is an axenically cultivable root endophytic fungus which exerts plant growth promoting effects on its host plants. To enable commercial production of its chlamydospores, Serendipita indica was cultivated in a 10 l batch bioreactor condition in such that they result in maximum biomass during growth phase and in maximum chlamydospore yield during subsequent sporulation phase. An enhancement of 100% in overall biomass productivity (0.18 g l−1 h−1) and reduction of about 70% in the time (60 h) required to achieve the maximum spore yield (9.25 × 109 spores ml−1) was achieved in comparison to the original batch culture grown in Hill and Kaefer medium. The high chlamydospore yield obtained promises to be economical for commercial production of P. indica.


Specific Growth Rate Batch Culture Batch Fermentation Fungal Culture Mass Cultivation 
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Ajit Varma is thankful to Department of Science and Technology and Department of Biotechnology for partial financial funding and to DST-FIST for providing confocal microscope facility.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Amity Institute of Microbial Technology (AIMT)Amity University Uttar PradeshNoida, Gautam Buddha NagarIndia

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