Starch hydrolyzing and Î±-amylase producing micro-fungi
were isolated from soil. Among the isolated fungal species Aspergillus
fumigatus and Chaetomium globosum were found prominent starch
hydrolyzing and amylase producing fungi. Maximum starch hydrolysis was
recorded in 6 to 7 days old culture for both A. fumigatus and C.
globosum. However, Î±-amylase activity was found higher in 9 to
11 days old culture. Starch hydrolysis, Î±-amylase and protease activity
of A. fumigatus was found higher as compare to C. globosum.
At higher temperature (45 Â°C) also performance of A. fumigatus
was better than C. globosum. As Aspergillus fumigatus was
found to be better thermotolerant, it can therefore be utilize in starch
processing industry as well as for amylase production at high temperature