Saccharification of agro-wastes by cellulases and hemicellulases from two fungal isolates, Sporotrichum pruinosum and Arthrographis sp., was investigated. The highest degree of hydrolysis (15·1% for Sporotrichum pruinosum and 7.5% for Arthrographis sp.) was observed with melon seed shells. Alkali pretreatment of substrates significantly enhanced (P<0·05) their susceptibility to hydrolysis (24–53% increase in yield). HPLC analysis of soluble products of cellulolysis revealed a predominance of glucose and a trace of cellobiose. Products of xylanolysis were mainly xylooligo-saccharides and xylobiose with traces of xylose and arabinose.
Bioresource Technology 12/1995; 51(1-51):23-27. DOI:10.1016/0960-8524(94)00061-5