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Title: Production of Pullulan, Poly(beta-L-malic acid), and Heavy Oil by Fungus Aureobasidium pullulans Isolated from Thailand

item TUWICHEIN, CHALISA - Rangsit University
item KRISRAKSA, PORNTIP - Rangsit University
item EARDKLAY, SASITHORN - Rangsit University
item Leathers, Timothy
item Skory, Christopher - Chris
item PONGPOUNGPHET, NAPAPAN - Rangsit University
item MANITCHOTPISIT, PENNAPA - Rangsit University

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/28/2010
Publication Date: 10/28/2010
Citation: Tuwichein, C., Krisraksa, P., Eardklay, S., Leathers, T.D., Skory, C.D., Pongpoungphet, N., Manitchotpisit, P. 2010. Production of pullulan, poly(beta-L-malic acid), and heavy oil by fungus Aureobasidium pullulans isolated from Thailand [abstract]. Congress on Science and Technology of Thailand. Abstract #B4 B00090. p. 84.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Fungus Aureobasidium pullulans is the main source of a polysaccharide, pullulan, in industrial production. Moreover, it can produce many bioproducts, e.g. xylanase, poly(ß-L-malic acid) (PMA), and heavy oil. In this study, we isolated 15 A. pullulans isolates from various sources and habitats in Thailand and classified using morphological characteristic and sequencing analysis of 2 loci, i.e. ITS (internal transcribed spacer) and BT (beta tubulin). Comparison to database in GenBank, these isolates could be divided into 5 clades indicating the diversity of this fungus in tropical zone. Furthermore, representatives of each clade were selected to study pullulan, PMA, and heavy oil production compared to reference strains. The results showed that A. pullulans from each strain can produce both different yields and characters. This study would be useful for strain selection and development of production from this fungus in the future.