Statistical optimization of growth media for Paecilomyces lilacinus 6029 using non-edible oil cakes

Abhishek Sharma, Satyawati Sharma, Aditya Mittal, Satya Narayan Naik
2013 Annals of Microbiology  
The development of biofriendly and economical alternatives to chemical pesticides is a globally important scientific challenge. In this work, Karanja-based media conditions were optimized for obtaining high production of biomass and spores of a biocontrol agent, the entomopathogenic fungus Paecilomyces lilacinus 6029, using a two-step statistical approach coupled with rigorous experimentation. In the first step, non-edible Karanja cake was screened out as a major substrate from other oil cakes.
more » ... In the second step, biomass production was maximized by applying response surface methodology to experimental variations in key physicochemical factors: carbon/nitrogen (C/N) ratio and pH. This approach eventually predicted a maximum biomass production of 10.559 g/l with a medium having a C/N ratio of 35.88 and pH 5.9. An experimental production of 10.529 g/l biomass was obtained. The remarkable agreement between the predicted and the experimentally obtained biomass confirm the validity of the approach utilized to maximize production of P. lilacinus.
doi:10.1007/s13213-013-0683-0 fatcat:3nyz2vttcnfpbfd2rybwk2tlum