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Thermophilic Fungi in a Municipal Waste Compost System
B. E. Kane and J. T. Mullins
Vol. 65, No. 5 (Sep. - Oct., 1973), pp. 1087-1100
Published by: Mycological Society of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3758290
Page Count: 14
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A high-rate municipal compost system was systematically sampled during the digestion period for the presence of thermophilic fungi. Pure cultures of 304 isolates were established which included: Aspergillus fumigatus, Chaetomium thermophile, Humicola lanuginosa, Mucor pusillus, Thermoascus aurantiacus, and Torula thermophila. Representative isolates demonstrated: (1) the thermophilic relationship between temperature and growth; (2) a requirement for aerobic growth conditions; and (3) that only Chaetomium thermophile could utilize cellulose as a carbon source.
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