Laccase production by diverse phylogenetic clades of Aureobasidium pullulans


  • Joseph O. Rich Renewable Product Technology Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, ARS, USDA, Peoria, IL 61604, USA
  • Pennapa Manitchotpisit Biochemistry Unit, Department of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Rangsit University, Patumthani 12000, Thailand
  • Stephen W. Peterson Baterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, ARS, USDA, Peoria, IL 61604, USA
  • Timothy D. Leathers Renewable Product Technology Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, ARS, USDA, Peoria, IL 61604, USA


Aureobasidium pullulans, laccase, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, veratric acid, ferulic acid


Laccases (EC have numerous potential industrial applications including the degradation of dyes and toxic materials.  Novel sources of this enzyme would be desirable to improve activity yields and substrate specificities.   In this study we tested 51 strains of Aureobasidium pullulans representing 13 diverse phylogenetic clades for laccase production.  Most strains grew on three different lignin-related substrates as sole carbon sources.  Thirteen strains that grew well on these substrates, representing five clades, were chosen for a test of laccase production in an induction assay.  Four representative strains of clade 5 produced laccase, indicating that this genetic group may be a promising source of novel activities.


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Joseph O. Rich, Pennapa Manitchotpisit, Stephen W. Peterson, & Timothy D. Leathers. (2023). Laccase production by diverse phylogenetic clades of Aureobasidium pullulans. Journal of Current Science and Technology, 1(1), 41–47. Retrieved from



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