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Fungal Biotechnology


  1. Brian McNeil,
  2. Linda M. Harvey

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527600906.mcb.200300047

Reviews in Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine

Reviews in Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine

How to Cite

McNeil, B. and Harvey, L. M. 2006. Fungal Biotechnology. Reviews in Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine. .

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  1. Department of Bioscience, Glasgow, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Molds (filamentous fungi) are used in the service of man to produce a wide range of valuable products, to improve feedstuffs, to carry out biotransformations, and to effect bioremediation. The technology used to cultivate and control mold activity on either solid or liquid media allows the production of high levels (kilos per cubic meter) of the desired products from selected microbial strains. Nevertheless, many problems in cultivating these microorganisms, due directly to their morphology, remain to be fully resolved. The biotechnological role of the filamentous fungi seems set to expand, with the development of effective transformation systems and increasing use of organisms such as Aspergillus niger , as efficient systems for the secretion of heterologous proteins. However, an understanding of the technological means of successfully cultivating these microorganisms will continue to be essential to the exploitation of their biotechnological potential.


  • Batch Culture;
  • Continuous Culture (Chemostat);
  • Fed Batch Culture;
  • Filamentous Fungi (Molds);
  • Solid Substrate Fermentation (SSF);
  • Submerged Liquid Fermentation (SLF)