This work presents the effect of different carbon sources (glycerol, 1-hexanol and n-hexane) over the morphology of the aerial hyphae of the filamentous fungus Fusarium solani for its application in the biofiltration of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). A mathematical model was developed and further verified that combines microscopic and macroscopic parameters describing the mycelial fungal growth. Image analysis of microcultures and culture in agar dishes was performed to determine the morphological parameters. The results show that the hydrophobic and volatile carbon sources modified the morphology of Fusarium solani, this is associated with the better utilization of the volatile carbon source. The main morphology changes observed with glycerol and n-hexane, were the reduction in both the hyphal diameter (from 2.99±0.29 μm to 2.01±0.35 μm) and the average hyphal length (from 603.8±48.3 μm to 280.1±36.6 μm). These results indicate an increase in the transport area for the same amount of biomass as an adaptation response to increase the uptake of volatile hydrophobic substrates.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Revista Mexicana de Ingeniera Quimica|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2011|
- Filamentous fungi
- Fungal biofiltration
- Fusarium solani