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.