Requirement for a growth substrate during lignin decomposition by two wood-rotting fungi.

Kirk TK, Connors WJ, Zeikus JG.

Forest Products Laboratory, Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Madison, Wisconsin 53705.


Decomposition of C-labeled lignin to CO(2) by the lignin-decomposing fungi Phanerochaete chrysosporium and Coriolus versicolor required a growth substrate such as cellulose or glucose. Growth with lignin as sole carbon addition to an otherwise complete medium was negligible.

PMID: 16345166 [PubMed]PMCID: PMC170029