Use of agro-industrial wastes as substrates for [alpha]-amylase production by endophytic fungi isolated from Piper hispidum Sw/Uso de residuos agroindustriais para a producao de [alpha]-amilase por fungos endofiticos isolados de Piper hispidum Sw.
Every year, millions of tons of corn, pineapple, sugarcane and wheat are produced worldwide and large amounts of wastes are generated during the industrial processing of these agricultural products (Table 1). Several agro-industrial wastes are rich in sugars, minerals and proteins, providing low-cost raw materials which may be used in industrial processes (Raol, Raol, Prajapati, & Bhavsar, 2015) for the production of value-added compounds such as enzymes. The recycling of these wastes is also important to maintain equilibrium between environment and industries.
Amylases are ubiquitous enzymes found in prokaryotes, plants, animals, fungi and unicellular eukaryotes (Zaferanloo, Bhattacharjee, Ghorbani, Mahon, & Palombo, 2014). In particular, [alpha]-amylases (1,4 [alpha]-glucan glucanohydrolase, EC 220.127.116.11) from microorganisms are more stable than those from plants or animals, and represent about 25-33% of the global enzyme market (Rajagopalan & Krishnan, 2008; Souza & Magalhaes, 2010). These enzymes replace the chemical hydrolysis of starch in starch-processing industries and are also traditionally used for the preparation of oriental food. Advances in Biotechnology expanded their application to various fields such as food, beverages, detergents, textile and pharmaceutical industries (Annamalai, Thavasi, Vijayalakshmi, & Balasubramanian, 2011).
An [alpha]-amylase from Aspergillus oryzae was the first microbial enzyme manufactured for sale (Gupta, Gupta, Modi, & Yadava, 2008). Although the filamentous fungal strains have a remarkable capacity of secreting extracellular proteins, filamentous endophytes remain under-exploited as enzymatic sources (Correa et al., 2014). These fungi colonize intra-and inter-cellular plant tissues, establishing a harmonious relationship without causing any apparent damage to the host plant (Fouda, Hassan, Eid, & Ewais, 2015). The microorganism obtains nutrients and shelter, while the plant receives protection against pathogens, herbivores and insects (Gimenez, Cabrera, Reina, & Gonzalez-Coloma, 2007; Alvin, Miller, & Neilan, 2014). Hydrolytic enzymes degrade the plant's cell wall, facilitating penetration into host tissues (Bischoff et al., 2009). Amylases also help endophytes to degrade the available starch when the plant reaches senescence (Sunitha, Devi & Srinivas, 2013).
The medicinal plant Piper hispidum Sw. (called 'cordoncillo' in Mexico and 'falso-jaborandi' in Brazil) harbors a diversity of endophytes (Orlandelli, Alberto, Rubin Filho, & Pamphile, 2012a), which include isolates that are sources of antimicrobial metabolites (Orlandelli, Alberto, Almeida, Azevedo, & Pamphile, 2012b) and exopolysaccharides (Orlandelli, Vasconcelos, Azevedo, Corradi da Silva, & Pamphile, 2016). Some are protease-producing strains and the increased activity in the presence of rice or soy flour suggests their potential to produce enzymes with agricultural residues (Orlandelli et al., 2015). Now, current study evaluated the suitability of four agro-industrial wastes (corncob, pineapple peel, sugarcane bagasse and wheat bran) as low-cost substrates for the aamylase production by nine P. hispidum endophytes belonging to the genera Bipolaris, Colletotrichum, Diaporthe, Phoma, Phyllosticta, Marasmius, Phlebia and Schizophyllum. Data on amylase activity of these fungal genera are rare, and they had not been cultivated in identical conditions to that reported herein. Since microbial biosynthesis is affected by culture medium composition and cultivation conditions (Elisashvili, 2012), current study provides an in-depth knowledge on tropical endophytic strains that may be used as a-amylase sources.
Material and methods
Nine endophytes were used: the ascomycetes Bipolaris sp. JF767001, Colletotrichum sp. JF766996, Diaporthe sp. JF766998, Diaporthe sp. JF767007, Phoma herbarum JF766995 and Phyllosticta capitalensis JF766988, and the basidiomycetes Marasmius cladophyllus JF767003, Phlebia sp. JF766997 and Schizophyllum commune JF766994.
Fungi were isolated from healthy leaves of the medicinal plant P. hispidum located in a forest remnant in southern Brazil (Orlandelli et al., 2012a), belonging to the fungal culture collection of the Laboratorio de Biotecnologia Microbiana, Universidade Estadual de Maringa, Maringa, Parana State, Brazil. Molecular identification was based on sequencing of ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 region of rDNA. Sequences were deposited in the GenBank database.
Corncob (CC), pineapple peel (PP) and sugarcane bagasse (SB) were obtained from local vendors in Maringa, Parana State, Brazil, as food and beverage production wastes. Materials were first washed in running tap water and subsequently in hot water to remove dirt and impurities. The washed substrates were dried in sunlight and blended into ~l-mm particles. The wheat bran (WB) was obtained from the local market and used without any further pre-treatment.
All endophytes were previously grown in Petri dishes with Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA) medium (HiMedia Laboratories, Mumbai, MH, India), at 28 [+ or -] 2[degrees]C, for seven days. Further, three 6-mm mycelial plugs of each endophyte were transferred to 125-mL Erlenmeyer flasks containing 50 mL of Manachini's solution (Manachini, Fortina, & Parini, 1987) comprising 2 g [L.sup.-1] K[H.sub.2]P[0.sub.4],1 g [L.sup.-1] [(N[H.sub.4]).sub.2]S[0.sub.4], 0.1 g [L.sup.-1] MgS[0.sup.4].7H20, 0.9 g [L.sup.-1][Na.sub.2]HP[0.sub.4].2[H.sub.2]0, 1 g[L.sup.-1],l g [L.sup.-1] yeast extract; volume was completed to 1 L with distilled water. The following substrates (0.5% w/v) were added to the medium: commercial corn starch Maizena[R] (CS) for the initial screening of amylase-positive endophytes. Each agro-industrial waste (CC, PP, SB orWB) was used in comparison to CS. Negative control was the liquid medium incubated without fungal inoculation. The cultures were incubated in triplicate at 28 [+ or -] 2[degrees]C on a rotary shaker at 140 rpm for 144h, then filtered with sterile gauze to separate the fungal mycelia and centrifuged at 5000 X g for 10 min. to separate other cellular debris. The cell-free filtrates (supernatants) were used as amylase sources.
Cup plate assay
The supernatants were inoculated (50 [micro]L) on Petri dishes containing starch-agar medium (18 g agar, 10 g starch, 0.1 M citrate-phosphate buffer, pH 5.0, per liter) with the surface perforated for cup plates (6-mm in diameter). A commercial [alpha]-amylase from porcine pancreas (type VI-B, [greater than or equal to] 10 units [mg.sup.-1] solid), purchased from Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis, MO, USA), was used as positive control. The experiment was performed in triplicate and dishes were incubated at 28 [+ or -] 2[degrees]C. After 24h, dishes were flooded with iodine-iodide solution, or rather, 1% iodine alcoholic solution, 10% potassium iodide and distilled water lv:lv:3v (Fuwa, 1954). Amylase activity was evaluated by the development of colorless halos on a blue background and measured in millimeters.
Determination of [alpha]-amylase activity
A modified version of the starch-iodine method (Fuwa, 1954; Xiao, Storms, & Tsang, 2006) was used. In test tubes, assay reactions were initiated by adding 80 [micro]L of 500 mM sodium acetate buffer pH 6.0, 20 [micro]L of filtrates and 100 [micro]L of 0.5% w/v starch solution (HiMedia Laboratories, Mumbai, MH, India). After 20 min. at 50[degrees]C, 200 [micro]L of 1 M acetic acid were added to stop the enzymatic reaction, with a further addition of 200 [micro]L of iodine-iodide solution (Fuwa, 1954). The volume of each tube was completed to 10 mL with distilled water. The assay was performed in triplicate and absorbance was measured in a Libra S60PC spectrophotometer (Biochrom, Cambourne, CBE, United Kingdom) at 660 nm. The standard curve was performed according to Xiao et al. (2006). One unit (U) of [alpha]-amylase was defined as the amount of enzyme capable of hydrolyzing 1 mg of starch per min in the assay reaction, calculated by the formula (1), proposed by Xiao et al. (2006):
U [mL.sup.-1] = ([A.sup.control] - [A.sup.sample]/[A.sup.starch])/min/[vol.sub.sample]. (1)
[A.sup.control] = absorbance for negative control;
[A.sup.sample] = absorbance for starch digested with enzymatic sample;
[A.sup.starch] = absorbance for 1 mg of starch derived from standard curve; min. = incubation time (20 min.);
[vol.sub.sample] = volume of the enzymatic sample (cell-free filtrate) used in the assay (0.02 mL).
Cup plate and starch-iodine assays were analyzed by analysis of variance (ANOVA) and means were compared by Tukey test (p < 0.05) with SISVAR 5.3.
Results and discussion
Screening of amylase-positive endophytes
Fungal sources of amylase in current study were initially screened by the cup plate assay. Endophytes were grown for 144h under submerged cultures containing CS; filtrates were then used for the cup plate assay whereby the diameters of enzymatic halos were measured and compared to halos obtained in the positive control, which consisted of a commercial a-amylase from porcine pancreas. In this assay, halo formation indicated that the microbial strains produced enzymes that were able to hydrolyze the inducer substrate.
In the case of screening of amylase sources (Table 2), the two ascomycetes (Bipolaris sp. JF767001 and P. capitalensis JF766988) and three basidiomycetes tested (M. cladophyllus JF767003, Phlebia sp. JF766997 and S. commune JF766994) produced positive results. ANOVA showed statistically significant differences among the enzymatic halos ranging between 6.30 and 8.87 mm in diameter; highest rates were obtained for Bipolaris sp. JF767001 (8.87 [+ or -] 0.68 mm) and M. cladophyllus JF767003 (8.87 [+ or -] 0.12 mm).
The ascomycetes Colletotrichum sp. JF766996, Diaporthe sp. JF766998, Diaporthe sp. JF767007 and P. herbarum JF766995 had no amylase activity. In fact, other authors have also reported negative results for endophytes belonging to the genera Colletotrichum (Hegde, Ramesha, & Srinivas, 2011) and Phoma (Sunitha et al., 2013). On the other hand, Choi, Hodgkiss and Hyde (2005) reported amylase production by Diaporthe (= Phomopsis) and Colktotrichum endophytes using a different culture condition. Since fungal metabolic activity is affected by nutritional and physical parameters, the P. hispidum endophytes should be further evaluated on their capacity of producing amylase with different cultivation condition.
Use of agro-industrial wastes as substrates for enzymatic activity
After the initial screening, CS and agro-industrial wastes were compared by the cup plate and starchiodine assays. Since among the amylases the [alpha]-amylase seems to be the most versatile enzyme due to its wide application spectrum (Li, Yang, Yang, Zhu, & Wang, 2012), it was chosen to be quantified by the starch-iodine method. Results of the cup plate assay (Table 3 and Figure 1) revealed that halo formation obtained for the five fungi indicated that all tested strains produced extracellular enzymes which hydrolyzed their respective substrates.
PP was the most suitable substrate for the amylase activity of Bipolaris sp. JF767001, where halos mean (14.93 [+ or -] 0.09 mm) was statistically superior to that for other substrates. An increased enzymatic activity was obtained when M. cladophyllus JF767003 was grown on substrates CC (11.73 [+ or -] 0.66 mm) or SB (11.73 [+ or -] 0.52 mm); while PP (15.00 [+ or -] 0.16 mm) and SB (14.26 [+ or -] 0.41 mm) caused statistically higher results detected for Phlebia sp. JF766997. The fungus S. commune JF766994 showed best results when SB (14.80 [+ or -] 0.18 mm) or PP (14.13 [+ or -] 0.47 mm) was used. Only P. capitalensis JF766988 showed similar production (between 5.53 [+ or -] 0.09 and 6.53 [+ or -] 0.25 mm) when cultivated with CS or agro-industrial wastes except CC (5.53 [+ or -] 0.09 mm). The latter was statistically less efficient than CS (6.33 [+ or -] 0.25 mm) as substrate for fungal fermentation.
The starch-iodine assay (Table 3) confirmed PP as the most suitable substrate for Bipolaris sp. JF76700 fermentation (4.14 [+ or -] 0.02 U [mL.sup.-1]), following decreasing order in [alpha]-amylase activity: PP > CS [greater than or equal to] WB > SB > CC. Data on amylase from Bipolaris endophytes are rare. The activity ([greater than or equal to] 3.18 U [mL.sup.-1]) described for different subpopulations of phytopathogenic B. sorokiniana strains was positively correlated with area under disease progress curve and lesion development (Chand, Kumar, Kushwaha, Shah, & Joshi, 2014). Since endophytes are latent pathogens, the two fungal groups may have a similar metabolism (Lana et al., 2011).
M. cladophyllus JF767003 showed the highest activity (3.91 [+ or -] 0.02 U [mL.sup.-1]) when grown on SB (SB > CC > CS [greater than or equal to] WB > PP). A similar result was observed for S. commune JF766994 when SB was used: 4.07 [+ or -] 0.00 U [mL.sup.-1] (SB > PP [greater than or equal to] WB [greater than or equal to] CC > CS). In the case of Phlebia sp. JF766997, ANOVA revealed that SB (4.09 [+ or -] 0.02 U [mL.sup.-1]) and PP (4.04 [+ or -] 0.02 U [mL.sup.-1]) were equally efficient as substrates for [alpha]-amylase activity (SB [greater than or equal to] PP > CC > WB > CS).
The literature reports scantily the enzymatic activity of basidiomycete genera, focusing on soil (and not endophytic) strains that produce enzymes as lacease, peroxygenase and peroxidase (Arora & Gil, 2005; Schuckel, Matura, & Van Pee, 2011; Jarvinen, Taskila, Isomaki, & Ojamo, 2012; Yarman et al., 2012). It should be underscored that Arora and Gil (2005) demonstrated that SB was suitable for the production of laccase (8.38 [+ or -] 0.40 U [mL.sup.-1]) but not for the peroxidases activity of Phlebia floridensis, whereas WB was effective for laccase production (5.90 [+ or -] 0.18 U [mL.sup.-1]), albeit less efficient for lignin peroxidase (0.014 [+ or -] 0.002 U [mL.sup.-1]) and manganese peroxidase (0.120 [+ or -] 0.02 U [mL.sup.-1]) activity.
Corroborating with the cup plate assay, the ascomycete P. capitalensis JF766988, showed statistically similar results (2.91 [+ or -] 0.02 to 3.01 [+ or -] 0.06 U [mL.sup.-1]) when cultivated with all substrates, except CC (2.53 [+ or -] 0.02 U [mL.sup.-1]). Rates were higher than those described by Romao, Sposito, Andreote, Azevedo and Araujo (2011) who investigated the amylase activity of endophytic (1.53 U [mL.sup.-1]) and pathogenic (1.84 U [mL.sup.-1]) strains of Guignardia (= Phyllosticta) strains isolated from citrus.
With the exception of P. capitalensis JF766988, higher levels of a-amylase were found in submerged culture filtrates with PP and/or SB. Cellulose is a highly stable polymer of glucose, and the glucose role in amylase production is still controversial: although starch and glucose are documented to support and repress the amylase activity, respectively (Rajagopalan & Krishnan, 2008), it stimulated the amylase activity of Aspergillusflai'us and Penicillium sp. (Bhattacharya, Bhardwaj, Das, & Anand, 2011; Costa & Nahas, 2012). According to Bhattacharya et al. (2011), SB might be an efficient substrate for amylase activity due to the high moisture content in sugarcane fibers. Investigating the [alpha]-amylase synthesis of Bacillus subtilis KCC103, Rajagopalan and Krishnan (2008) reported lack of repression by glucose, where the strain was able to produce aamylase using SB as substrate, at a level equivalent to that in starch medium. Thus, the above authors reported that the replacement of starch by SB was highly feasible to obtain low-cost microbial [alpha]-amylase.
In present-day Biotechnology, the demand for new and more potent sources of industrial enzymes is ever growing (Zaferanloo, Virkar, Mahon, & Palombo, 2013); therefore, the enzyme production by fungi represents a crucial sector of the fermentation industry (Gogus et al., 2014). Brazilian researchers should further explore the potential of endophytes as enzymatic sources, as the country has a continental area with hundreds of plant species that harbor a highly diverse endophytic assemblage (Orlandelli et al., 2015). For the maintenance of symbiosis, endophytes secrete varieties of extracellular enzymes that contribute to the fungal colonization and growth; however, further quantitative assays for endophytic enzymes are required to understand the ecological role of these fungi. All these specific enzymes could be exploited under certain conditions (Wang & Dai, 2011). Although amylases from Aspergillus and Bacillus strains have been employed in the industry for a long time (Souza & Magalhaes, 2010), endophytes have been recently described as new sources of novel and useful enzymes. Moreover, endophyte-derived amylolytic enzymes are being assessed to improve industrial processes for polysaccharides and protein biodegradation (Fouda et al., 2015). Although the initial investigation on a-amylase activity of P. hispidum endophytes has been done, further studies should be undertaken to improve enzymatic production.
Current investigation is the first report on [alpha]-amylase activity of P. hispidum endophytes and contributes on the reuse of agro-industrial wastes generated worldwide. In general, the two assays revealed that starchy substrates were less efficient than cellulose-rich substrates. Remarkable results were obtained for Bipolaris sp. JF767001 (4.14 [+ or -] 0.02 U [mL.sup.-1]) cultivated with pineapple peel, and for Phlebia sp. JF766997 (4.09 [+ or -] 0.02 U [mL.sup.-1]) and S. commune JF766994 (4.07 [+ or -] 0.00 U [mL.sup.-1]) with sugarcane bagasse. Further investigations on the effect of cellulose on a-amylase synthesis should be undertaken to confirm the absence of repression on the enzymatic activity of the endophytes tested herein.
The authors would like to thank CNPq (311534/2014-7 and 447265/2014-8) and Fundacao Araucaria (276/2014) for their financial support. R.C.O. thanks CAPES for the doctoral scholarship.
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Received on December 9, 2015.
Accepted on February 21, 2016.
Ravely Casarotti Orlandelli (1), Mariana Sanches Santos (2), Julio Cesar Polonio (1), Joao Lucio de Azevedo (3) and Joao Alencar Pamphile (1) *
(1) Departamento de Biotecnologia, Genetica e Biologia Celular, Universidade Estadual de Maringa, Av. Colombo, 5790, 87020-900, Maringa, Parana, Brazil, (2) Departamento de Bioquimica e Biotecnologia, Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Londrina, Parana, Brazil. (3) Escola Superior de Agricultura "Luiz de Queiroz", Universidade de Sao Paulo, Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 'Author for correspondence. E-mail: email@example.com
Caption: Figure 1. Cup plate assay showing amylase activity of P. hispidum endophytes: a) M. dadophyllus JF767003 grown on corncob (CC); b) Phlebia sp. JF766997 grown on pineapple peel (PP); c) S. cotnmune JF766994 grown on sugarcane bagasse (SB); d) Bipolaris sp. JF767001 grown on wheat bran (WB).
Table 1. Data retrieved from the literature on crop production (average for 2003-2013 period) and agro-industrial wastes generated during crop processing. Crop Top Production Waste Waste generation producer average (1) Corn USA -303.1 Mt Cob ~180 kg [ton.sup.-1] corn (2) Pineapple Brazil -2.4 Mt Peel ~35% of fresh fruit (3) Sugarcane Brazil -594.4 Mt Bagasse ~280 kg [ton.sup.-1] sugarcane Wheat China -108.7 Mt Bran 14-19% of wheat grain (5) Mt = million tones. References: (1) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations [FAO](2015); (2) Zhang et al. (2013); (3) Huang, Chow and Fang (2011); (40 Rezende et al.(2011); (5) Merali et al. (2015). Table 2. Screening of amylase-positive endophytes using commercial corn starch as carbon source for the submerged fermentation. Results of cup plate assay are given as mean [+ or -] standard deviation. Endophytic fungi / Halos (mm) Controls Bipolaris sp.JF767001 8.87 [+ or -] 0.68 (b) Marasmius 8.87 [+ or -] 0.12 (b) dadophyllus JF767003 PUebia sp. JF766997 7.63 [+ or -] 0.12 (c) Schizophyllum 7.50 [+ or -] 0.22 (c) commune ]F766994 Phyllosticta 6.30 [+ or -] 0.08 (d) capitalensis JF766988 Couetotrichum sp. JF766996 0.00 [+ or -] 0.00 (e) Diaporthe sp. JF766998 0.00 [+ or -] 0.00 (e) Diaporthe sp. JF767007 0.00 [+ or -] 0.00 (e) Phoma herbarum JF766995 0.00 [+ or -] 0.00 (e) Positive control 12.63 [+ or -] 0.20 (a) Negative control 0.00 [+ or -] 0.00 (e) Means of triplicates followed by different letters are significantly different by Tukey test (p < 0.05). Positive control: [alpha]-amylase from porcine pancreas (type VI-B, [greater than or equal to] 10 units/mg solid; Sigma-Aldrich) used directly in the cup plate assay. Negative control: liquid medium incubated without fungal inoculation. Table 3. Effect of different carbon sources on enzymatic activity of endophytic fungi, evaluated by cup plate and starch-iodine assays. Results are given as means of triplicates [+ or -] standard deviation. Fungi CS Enzymatic halos (mm) C up BP 8.86 [+ or -] 0.68B (cb) plate assay MC 8.86 [+ or -] 0.34 (Bb) PH 7.53 [+ or -] 0.41 (CDd) SC 7.60 [+ or -] 0.49 (BCDc) PC 6.33 [+ or -] 0.25 (Da) c+ 12.67 [+ or -] 0.30 (A) c- 0.00 [+ or -] 0.00 (E) [alpha]-Amylase activity (U [mL.sup.-1]) Starch- BP 3.56 [+ or -] 0.10 (Ab) iodine assay MC 3.61 [+ or -] 0.02 (Ac) PH 3.41 [+ or -] 0.05 (ABd) SC 3.33 [+ or -] 0.04 (Bc) PC 2.99 [+ or -] 0.05 (Ca) Fungi Agro-industrial wastes CC Enzymatic halos (mm) C up BP 5.93 [+ or -] 0.77 (Cc) plate MC 11.73 [+ or -] 0.66 (Ba) assay PH 13.40 [+ or -] 0.16 (Ab) SC 13.07 [+ or -] 0.50 (ABb) PC 5.53 [+ or -] 0.09 (Cb) C+ 12.67 [+ or -] 0.30 (AB) C- 0.00 [+ or -] 0.00 (D) [alpha]-Amylase activity (U [mL.sup.-1]) Starch- BP 2.67 [+ or -] 0.05 (Cd) iodine MC 3.75 [+ or -] 0.02 (Bb) assay PH 3.90 [+ or -] 0.05 (ABb) SC 3.80 [+ or -] 0.02 (Ab) PC 2.53 [+ or -] 0.02 (Db) Fungi Agro-industrial wastes PP Enzymatic halos (mm) C up BP 14.93 [+ or -] 0.09 (ABa) plate MC 5.00 [+ or -] 0.00 (Ec) assay PH 15.00 [+ or -] 0.16 (Aa) SC 14.13 [+ or -] 0.47 (Bab) PC 6.07 [+ or -] 0.33 (Dab) C+ 12.67 [+ or -] 0.30 (C) C- 0.00 [+ or -] 0.00 (F) [alpha]-Amylase activity (U [mL.sup.-1]) Starch- BP 4.14 [+ or -] 0.02 (Aa) iodine MC 2.55 [+ or -] 0.04 (Dd) assay PH 4.04 [+ or -] 0.02 (Aa) SC 3.87 [+ or -] 0.04 (Bb) PC 2.91 [+ or -] 0.02 (Ca) Fungi Agro-industrial wastes SB Enzymatic halos (mm) C up BP 6.60 [+ or -] 0.72 (Cc) plate MC 11.73 [+ or -] 0.52 (Ba) assay PH 14.26 [+ or -] 0.41 (Aab) SC 14.80 [+ or -] 0.18 (Aa) PC 6.53 [+ or -] 0.19 (Ca) C+ 12.67 [+ or -] 0.30 (B) C- 0.00 [+ or -] 0.00 (D) [alpha]-Amylase activity (U [mL.sup.-1]) Starch- BP 3.12 [+ or -] 0.06 (Cc) iodine MC 3.91 [+ or -] 0.02 (Ba) assay PH 4.09 [+ or -] 0.02 (Aa) SC 4.07 [+ or -] 0.00 (Aa) PC 3.01 [+ or -] 0.06 (Ca) Fungi Agro-industrial wastes WB Enzymatic halos (mm) C up BP 7.60 [+ or -] 0.16 (Cbc) plate MC 9.60 [+ or -] 0.43 (Bb) assay PH 10.13 [+ or -] 0.19 (Bc) SC 12.87 [+ or -] 0.50 (Ab) PC 6.20 [+ or -] 0.16 (Dab) C+ 12.67 [+ or -] 0.30 (A) C- 0.00 [+ or -] 0.00 (E) [alpha]-Amylase activity (U [mL.sup.-1]) Starch- BP 3.42 [+ or -] 0.11 (Cb) iodine MC 3.60 [+ or -] 0.02 (Bc) assay PH 3.66 [+ or -] 0.02 (Bc) SC 3.85 [+ or -] 0.02 (Ab) PC 2.92 [+ or -] 0.05 (Da) Means followed by diiferent upper-case letters (columns) or lower-case letters (rows) are significantly diiferent, according to Tukey test (p < 0.05). BP = Bipolaris sp. JF767001; MC = M. cladophyllus JF767003; PH = Phlebia sp.JF766997; SC = S. commune JF766994; PC = P. capitalensis JF766988; CS = commercial corn starch; CC = corncob; PP = pineapple peel; SB = sugarcane bagasse; WB = wheat bran. C+ (positive control): [alpha]-amylase from porcine pancreas; C-(negative control): liquid medium incubated without fungal inoculation.