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Biotechnology using Basidiomycetes

Basidiomycota may be cultivated in stirred tanks or fixed bed reactors or Cultibags and thrive particularly well in the presence of agro-industrial side-streams, such as peels, bran or molasses. This offers a number of advantages:

  • 1) A portion of these large-volume side-streams is used to replace expensive components of the nutrient medium.
  • 2) Some side-streams induce metabolic pathways leading to flavours or enzymes.
  • 3) The currently used options for disposal (methane, fertilizers) remain untouched.

In combination with monokaryotic strains the genetic diversity provided by meiosis can be exploited as an add-on.