Cultivation of Podospora anserina on soybean hulls results in an efficient enzyme cocktail for plant biomass hydrolysis

N Biotechnol. 2017 Jul 25;37(Pt B):162-171. doi: 10.1016/j.nbt.2017.02.002. Epub 2017 Feb 7.


The coprophilic ascomycete fungus Podospora anserina was cultivated on three different plant biomasses, i.e. cotton seed hulls (CSH), soybean hulls (SBH) and acid-pretreated wheat straw (WS) for four days, and the potential of the produced enzyme mixtures was compared in the enzymatic saccharification of the corresponding lignocellulose feedstocks. The enzyme cocktail P. anserina produced after three days of growth on SBH showed superior capacity to release reducing sugars from all tested plant biomass feedstocks compared to the enzyme mixtures from CSH and WS cultures. Detailed proteomics analysis of the culture supernatants revealed that SBH contained the most diverse set of enzymes targeted on plant cell wall polymers and was particularly abundant in xylan, mannan and pectin acting enzymes. The importance of lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) in plant biomass deconstruction was supported by identification of 20 out of 33 AA9 LPMOs in the SBH cultures. The results highlight the suitability of P. anserina as a source of plant cell wall degrading enzymes for biotechnological applications and the importance of selecting the most optimal substrate for the production of enzyme mixtures.

Keywords: Auxiliary activities; Carbohydrate active enzymes; Plant biomass; Podospora anserina; Proteomics; Saccharification.

MeSH terms

  • Biomass*
  • Biotechnology
  • Glycine max / anatomy & histology
  • Glycine max / metabolism*
  • Gossypium / anatomy & histology
  • Gossypium / metabolism
  • Hydrolysis
  • Lignin / metabolism
  • Plant Stems / metabolism
  • Podospora / enzymology*
  • Podospora / growth & development*
  • Podospora / metabolism
  • Triticum / anatomy & histology
  • Triticum / metabolism


  • lignocellulose
  • Lignin