Breadcrumb as a New Substrate for Trametes versicolor and Schizophyllum commune Submerged Cultivation
Breadcrumb as a New Substrate for Trametes versicolor and Schizophyllum commune Submerged Cultivation
Microbiology and Biotechnology Letters. 2014. Jan, 42(1): 67-72
Copyright © 2014, The Korean Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Received : September 24, 2013
  • Accepted : March 11, 2014
  • Published : January 28, 2014
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Tetiana S. Ivanova
Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, 04123, Ukraine
Nina A. Bisko
M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine
Tetiana A. Krupodorova
Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, 04123, Ukraine
Victor Yu. Barshteyn
Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, 04123, Ukraine

A new substrate, breadcrumbs, was investigated for biomass accumulation, the pH of the cultural broth, the formation of primary metabolites such as the proteins and endopolysaccharides of Schizophyllum commune 1768 and Trametes versicolor 353, as well as its bioconversion efficiency. The results showed that S. commune gives more mycelial mass (23.96 ± 0.8 g/l) and in a shorter period (4 days) than T. versicolor (15.76 ± 0.5 g/l in 5 days). The pH values changed from the initial 6.1 to 3.6 in S. commune cultural broth and to 4.4 in T. versicolor cultural broth. Maximal endopolysaccharide content in the mycelia of S. commune and T. versicolor were 7.13% and 6.42%, correspondingly. Crude protein content in S. commune mycelium was 18.83 % on the 4th day of cultivation, and 20.03%, in the mycelium of T. versicolor , on the 6th day of cultivation. Kinetic parameters for the quantitative estimation of cultivation efficiency were calculated for biomass, endopolysaccharide, and crude protein concentrations.
Basidiomycetes are high prized for dietary and medicinal properties, which makes them a promising raw material for creation of functional foods and dietary supplements. Mushrooms have high amounts of protein with a sufficient content of the essential amino acids, low fat which consists predominantly of unsaturated fatty acids, polysaccharides with wide ranges of medicinal activities; vitamins and mineral elements complement well-balanced composition of mushrooms [14] .
Trametes versicolor (L.: Fr.) Quel. and Schizophyllum commune Fr.: Fr. are well-known medicinal Basidiomycetes, which can be cultivated artificially, and cause white rot of trees in the nature. In terms of high medicinal value of these mushrooms, dietary supplements with variety of therapeutic activity were developed in the USA, Korea, China, Belarus, Ukraine, and some other countries. These products are mostly based on the fruiting bodies. At the same time, substances of commercial value were isolated not only from fruiting bodies, but also from mycelia (for example, polysaccharide-protein complexes Krestin and PSP from T. versicolor ) and cultural broth (e.g., β-glucan schizophyllan from S. commune ) [20] . Submerged cultivation takes less time and gives more predictable content of active substances in comparison with cultivation of fruiting bodies.
It was shown [11 , 13 , 23] that bioconversion efficiency, accumulation rate and amounts of biologically active substances in mycelia and cultural broth depended on substrate for cultivation. Fungi have an ability to utilize wide range of substrates, but synthetic easily accessible media can suppress generation of some valuable secondary metabolites [18] . Nowadays wastes of agriculture, food, paper, and other industries are considered to be the most perspective substrates for cultivation of mushrooms because of low cost (or lack thereof) and necessity to recycle refuses. Thus, researchers applied beet molasses, milk whey, beer wort [13] , detoxificated hydrolysate of rice hull [19] for S. commune submerged cultivation. In turn, T. versicolor submerged cultivation was conducted on milk whey [4 , 11] , beer wort [11] , tomato pomace [7] , barley husk, oak and hornbeam sawdust [22] .
In our previous work [10] , we performed screening of medicinal Basidiomycetes and Ascomycetes fungi biomass accumulation on liquid media containing wastes of food industry of Ukraine, such as aspiration wastes of barley from brewery, the 3-d category solid wastes from wheat and rye mill, and waste of bread production – breadcrumb. To the best of our knowledge, such wastes were never used before for the purpose of fungal cultivation on liquid media. The investigation has shown that the highest biomass concentrations were achieved during S. commune and T. versicolor cultivation on liquid medium with breadcrumb.
The purpose of the present work was to investigate the process of T. versicolor and S. commune submerged cultivation on the new substrate – breadcrumb: the dynamics of biomass accumulation, primary metabolite content of mycelia (polysaccharides and protein), pH of cultural broth, and bioconversion efficiency.
Materials and Methods
- Fungal strains and cultivation
S. commune 1768 and T. versicolor 353 were kindly supplied by the Culture Collection of Mushrooms from the M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (IBK) [2] . The stock cultures were maintained on wort agar slants at 4ºC. The cultures were inoculated in Petri dishes containing glucose-peptone medium, g/l: 25 glucose, 3 peptone, 2 yeast extract, 1 KH 2 PO 4 , 1 K 2 HPO 4 , 0.25 MgSO 4 × 7 H 2 O, and 20 agar.
The substrate for submerged cultivation (breadcrumb) was donated by Bread Plant No 12 of the Open Joint-Stock Company “Kyivkhlib”, Kyiv, Ukraine. The liquid media with breadcrumb were autoclaved for 40 min, with 1 atmosphere.
Fully colonized Petri dish with glucose-peptone medium was homogenized and used for 10% (v/v) inoculation of 250 ml flasks containing 50 ml liquid medium with breadcrumb. The flasks were incubated at 28±2ºC in a rotary shaker (120 rpm).
To select the optimal substrate concentrations the following ratios of breadcrumb concentrations (g/l) were chosen: 25, 30, 40, 50, and 60. After incubation for 7 days, the fungal mycelia were harvested by filtration, washed three times with water, and desiccated at 105ºC to a constant weight. Bioconversion efficiency parameter was used to evaluate the optimal concentration of the substrate. Bioconversion efficiency ( E , %) was calculated as follows:
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where Mn : biomass concentration, dry weight;
Mw : initial concentration of breadcrumb, dry weight.
To study the cultivation parameters of investigated fungi, mycelia in active phase of growth (with average diameter of pellets about 0.5 mm) grown on breadcrumb in selected concentrations for each strain were used for 10% (v/v) inoculation of media with the same concentrations of the substrate for elimination of the lag phase.
- Chemical composition of breadcrumb
The chemical composition of breadcrumb, including moisture, ash, total carbohydrates, crude fat, and crude protein, was determined according to AOAC methods [1] . To obtain moisture content, samples of the substrate were dried at 105ºC until constant weight. The ash content was determined by incineration at 600ºC until constant weight.
Nitrogen content was defined by Kjelhdal’s method. For the calculation of crude protein in breadcrumb, the Nitrogen content was multiplied by a factor of 5.7 [16] . In present work we determined crude fat content by extracting a known weight of powdered sample with hexane as a solvent, using a Soxhlet apparatus. The amount of total carbohydrates was calculated by difference:
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The method of vitamin B 1 (thiamine) evaluation was based on oxidation of thiamine to thiochrome, extraction thiochrome into organic solvent, and measurement of fluorescence [15] . Vitamin B 2 (riboflavin) content was determined using riboflavin binding apoprotein from chicken eggs [12] . The method of vitamin B 3 (PP) estimation was based on hydrolysis, quantitative obtaining of colored glutaconic aldehyde derivate, and further colorimetric determination [21] . Vitamin B 9 (folic acid) content was analyzed by the change in fluorescence intensity before and after oxidation of folates previously purifying them from interfering compounds [7] .
- Endopolysaccharide and crude protein assay of fungal mycelia
The mycelia were filtered, washed with water, and desiccated at 105ºC to a constant weight. Biomass concentration was determined gravimetrically, and further used for nitrogen determination by Kieldal’s method [1] . Crude protein conversion factor was N×4.38 [14] . Filtered and washed mycelia were dried at 60ºC for obtaining endopolysaccharides; endopolysaccharide content was measured by gravimetric method [3] .
- Kinetic parameters for quantitative estimation of cultivation efficiency
Growth rate (X, g/l per day), endopolysaccharide production rate (Y, g/l per day), productivity of endopolysaccharide biosynthesis (P, mg/g per day), protein production rate (Z, g/l per gay), and productivity of protein biosynthesis (C, mg/g per day) were calculated as follows [2] :
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Mn : biomass concentration, dry weight;
M 0 : dry weight of inoculum;
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: endopolysaccharide content;
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: crude protein content;
Δ t : time of cultivation;
- Statistical analysis
Values are mean of three independent experiments done in triplicate and are expressed as mean±errors. Data were statistically analyzed by t test using OriginPro 8.5.1, Origin-Lab Corporation, USA. Differences between means at 5% ( p < 0.05) level were considered to be significant.
Results and Discussion
In Ukraine bread is made of wheat and rye flour. Unsold and off-test bread undergoes inspection for visible mold, bacterial infection, contaminations, followed by crumbling, desiccation, and this is the way how breadcrumb forms. The composition of breadcrumb is present in Table 1 . As shown in the table, the most part of the substrate (77.45±0.63%) is carbohydrates. This data is corresponding to literature data [5] which report that cereals contain 50-80% of carbohydrates, the main component of which is starch. Breadcrumb contains vitamins of B group (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid).
Composition of dried crust crumbs as percent of dry matter.
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Composition of dried crust crumbs as percent of dry matter.
According to the maximal bioconversion efficiency rates, the optimal concentrations of breadcrumb appear to be 50 g/l for T. versicolor and 60 g/l for S. commune ( Table 2 ) and were used for further experiments. In such concentrations of the substrate bioconversion efficiency reached the highest levels of 57.17 and 58.32% correspondingly. Higher than 60 g/l concentrations of breadcrumb leaded to the growth of mycelia on the top of the substrate, did not result in increase in bioconversion efficiency rates and were eliminated. Bioconversion efficiency of T. versicolor grown on breadcrumb in all investigated concentrations was higher than values obtained by other researches [11] during submerged cultivation on milk whey (39%) or beer wort (36%). Bioconversion efficiency of S. commune grown on breadcrumb was more than two times higher than on rice hull’s detoxificated hydrolysate (24%) [19] .
Bioconversion efficiency of breadcrumba(%).
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aMeans with the same letter within the same raw are not significantly different (p < 0.05) The amount of inoculum for T. versicolor was 11.2±0.3 g/l and for S. commune - 5.1±0.7 g/l
When grown in submerged culture, fungi exhibit different morphological forms, ranging from dispersed mycelia filaments to densely interwoven mycelial mass referred to as pellets (fluffy or smooth, with hollow or compact center) [17] . Mycelia of S. commune and T. versicolor grew in the form of fluffy and smooth pellets with size 0.5-3 mm during submerged cultivation on breadcrumb ( Fig. 1 ). We observed hollows in pellets, which had diameter about 3 mm. Appearance of hollows can be explained by autolysis due to oxygen and nutrition deficiency in the center of the colony [17] . The growth in form of pellets has its preferences such as easier separation of biomass and lower viscosity of cultured broth which cause better nutrition and oxygen transfer as compared to dispersed form.
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T. versicolor pellets on the 5-th day of submerged cultivation on breadcrumb (in Petri dish with diameter 9 cm).
S. commune produced significant amounts of biomass (23.96±0.8 g/l) in 4 days of cultivation on investigated substrate ( Fig. 2A ) compared to others results: 7.29 g/l on detoxificated hydrolysate of rice hull [19] , 8.8 g/l on beet molasses, 6.7 g/l on corn extract, 1,8-2,7 g/l (depending on the strain) on beer wort [13] . T. versicolor accumulated 15.76±0.5 g/l biomass on the 5-th day ( Fig. 2B ), which was similar to results of Klechak et al . [11] on milk whey but twice more than on beer wort. Other investigators obtained 8.9-10.6 g/l (depending on the strain) of T. versicolor biomass on complex medium with addition of milk whey [4] .
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Time courses of biomass accumulation (-■-) and pH of cultural broth (-) in submerged cultivation on the breadcrumb: (A) S. commune, (B) T. versicolor.
Values of pH altered more significantly during active growth of cultures: pH descended from the initial (6.1±0.1) to 3.6±0.1 in S. commune cultural broth and to 4.4±0.1 in T. versicolor cultural broth on the 3-d day of cultivation, after that pH ascended to 4.7-4.8 in both cases on the end of cultivation ( Fig. 2 ). The same general view of pH curve was observed in submerged cultivation of G. lucidum on breadcrumb [8] .
We evaluated cultivation efficiency by calculations of kinetic parameters ( Table 3 , 4 ). The highest growth rate for S. commune and T. versicolor occurred until the 2-d and 3-d days of cultivation, respectively. After consuming most part of nutrients from medium fungal cultures moved to stationary phase and growth rate slowed down until fungi reached maximal biomass concentration. On the last investigated days of cultivation biomass concentrations decreased and the phase of culture senescence became.
Kinetic parameters for quantitative estimation ofS. communecultivation efficiency1.
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1Means with the same letter within the same raw are not significantly different (p < 0.05) 2The biomass amount is decreased
Kinetic parameters for quantitative estimation ofT. versicolorcultivation efficiency1.
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1Means with the same letter within the same raw are not significantly different (p < 0.05) 2The biomass amount is decreased
Mushrooms are considered to be a good source of important biologically active substances such as polysaccharides and protein. In our investigations the content of endopolysaccharides in mycelia of both species increased insignificantly ( Table 3 and 4 ), but for T. versicolor it was ten times higher compared to others results [6] on the complex medium with addition of milk. Maximal crude protein content was 18.83% in mycelium of S. commune and 20.03% in mycelium of T. versicolor . The curve of biomass accumulation did not correlate with protein and endopolysaccharide content for both mushroom species. Mycelia of fungi accumulated maximal amounts of aforementioned primary metabolites before reaching maximal biomass ( Fig. 2 , Tables 3 and 4 ). Production rates of primary metabolites indicate how much desired product can be obtained in unit of medium volume per unit of time, and productivity of biosynthesis shows how much desired product can be generated in unit of biomass per unit of time. The obtained results of active processes of primary metabolites accumulation occur at the active phase of growth which is corresponding with literature data [2] .
The results of our work showed that the new substrate breadcrumb is promising for submerged cultivation of S. commune 1768 and T. versicolor 353. Significant bioconversion efficiency of breadcrumb by S. commune and T. versicolor was established at concentrations of the substrate 60 and 50 g/l respectively. We gained higher biomass concentrations than those in most of researches for cultivation of these species on other substrates. The maximal biomass concentrations were obtained on the 4-th for S. commune (23.96 g/l) and on the 5-th days for T. versicolor (15.76 g/l), and such periods of submerged cultivation on breadcrumb are proposed for further employment. Maximal endopolysaccharide contents in mycelia of S. commune and T. versicolor were 7.13% and 6.42%, correspondingly. Crude protein content in S. commune biomass was 18.83% on the 4-th day of cultivation, and 20.03% in biomass of T. versicolor on the 6-th day of cultivation.
Breadcrumb can be assumed as a safe, cheap, and widely available substrate for cultivation of medicinal mushrooms. The use of breadcrumb for medicinal mushroom cultivation needs subsequent investigations in order to evaluate detailed content and medicinal properties of primary and secondary metabolites. It is also important to perform optimization of culture conditions to obtain increased production of mycelial growth and metabolites.
This work was supported by the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Project No. 0109U000473).
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