Núm. 77 (2006)
Artículo de investigación

Studies on stored cereal degradation by Alternaria tenuissima

Stephen O. Fapohunda
Babcock University, Department of Basic and Applied Sciences
O. O. Olajuyigbe
Babcock University, Department of Basic and Applied Sciences

Publicado 2006-10-01

Palabras clave

  • Alternaria tenuissima,
  • cereal,
  • degradación de nutrientes
  • Alternaria tenuissima,
  • cereal,
  • nutrient’s degradation

Resumen

The ability of a strain of Alternaria tenuissima Kunze (IMI 301005) Wiltshire to degrade and alter the nutrient profile of three common Nigerian cereals was studied. The grains involved were Pennisetum glaucum, Sorghum vulgare and Oryza sativa. Fat, fibre and protein decreased in the inoculated substrates, and this was accompanied by an increase in ash content. The highest levels of cereal degradation by the mould were attained at pH 6.8 and at temperature range of 30-35 oC. Within 48 hours of incubation, extracellular proteases were detected in all the culture media.