Biosolubilization of poorly soluble rock phosphates by Aspergillus tubingensis and Aspergillus niger

Bioresour Technol. 2002 Sep;84(2):187-9. doi: 10.1016/s0960-8524(02)00040-8.


Three isolates of Aspergillus tubingensis and two isolates of Aspergillus niger isolated from rhizospheric soils were tested on solubilization of different rock phosphates. All the isolates of Aspergillus were capable of solubilizing all the natural rock phosphates. A. tubingensis (AT1) showed maximum percent solubilization in all the rock phosphates tested in this study when compared to other isolates. This isolate also showed highest phosphorus (P) solubilization when grown in the presence of 2% of rock phosphate. A. tubingensis (AT1) seems to be more efficient in solubilization of rock phosphates compared to other isolates reported elsewhere. This is the first report of rock phosphate solubilization by A. tubingensis and might provide an efficient large scale biosolubilization of rock phosphates intended for P fertilizer.

MeSH terms

  • Aspergillus / metabolism*
  • Biodegradation, Environmental
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Phosphates / metabolism*
  • Solubility
  • Species Specificity


  • Phosphates