Comptes rendus de l’Acade'mie bulgare des Sciences, Vol 69, No6, pp.747-754

Wood Decay Macrofungi: Strain Collection and Studies about Antioxidant Properties

Elena Savino, Carolina Girometta, Jeny Miteva-Staleva, Aneliya Kostadinova, Ekaterina Krumova


The study of wood decay macrofungi that naturally biodegrade lignocellulosic polymers has been steadily increasing due to their numerous and innovative applications. In the last decade, the researchers of Mycological Laboratory of Pavia University (Italy) isolated in pure culture wood decay macrofungi collected in their own country. A few species have been investigated as regards different aspects: the growth profile at different temperature and the capacity to secrete cell wall degrading enzymes growing on poplar wood chips and sawdust. The aim of the present study was to test four lignicolous species ( Daedalea quercina, Fistulina hepatica, Lenzites warnieri, Schizophyllum commune ) as regards their antioxidant activity. The two species poorly or not investigated till now for this activity, D. quercina and L. warnieri , revealed the most interesting results.

Key words: wood decay fungi (WDF), antioxidant activity, SOD and CAT