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Influence of pH and temperature on the production of polygalacturonases by Aspergillus fumigatus.
Polygalacturonases (PG) production by Aspergillus fumigatus LB-01-AP in a submerged process with different pectin and glucose concentrations and initial medium pH values was assessed. Higher activities of endo-polygalacturonases and exo-polygalacturonases were observed in medium without glucose and with 20 g/l of citrus pectin at initial pH of 4.0. The effects of temperature on enzyme activity were investigated, with 40 to 60 C being optimal for endo-PG, while highest activity for exo-PG was determined at 60 C. Crude experimental enzyme was exposed to different temperatures for up to 150 minutes, with about 70 of endo-PG activity being preserved at 50 C. Both polygalacturonases exhibited higher thermostability than that usually reported in the literature for enzymes produced by other species of the genus Aspergillus. Enzyme preparations were free from mycotoxins, indicating potential use in industrial applications.

Mycotoxins Newsletter Archive

The latest newsletter, which includes a compilation of abstracts of peer-reviewed journal articles from the Foodline Science database of Leatherhead Food Research, is now available.

Mycotoxins News Updates

Neogen modifies ochratoxin test after feedback.
Neogen has developed a quantitative test for ochratoxin in response to customer feedback to modify its existing system.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Source: Food Quality News
Food safety experts use wet summer to improve risk assessment data.
farminguk.com reports on a project, funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), led by the Agriculture Development Advisory Service (ADAS). The study will focus on fungal toxins in cereal crops, known as mycotoxins, which develop particularly when the weather is wet and moderately warm. In conjunction with the Met Office, the field data will be co-ordinated with rainfall data to improve the accuracy of the risk assessment.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Source: Farming News
Liquorice root recalled, owing to elevated levels of ochratoxin A.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported on 22 May 2015 that Independent Irish Health Foods Ltd has recalled Licorice Root (50 g with best before dates between 19.01.17 and 22.05.2017), owing to elevated levels of ochratoxin A.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Source: Food Safety Authority of Ireland

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