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Biotech Today: An International Journal of Biological Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 8, Issue : 1
First page : ( 7) Last page : ( 19)
Print ISSN : 2319-2186. Online ISSN : 2322-0996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2322-0996.2018.00003.0

Effect of carbon dioxide on the physicochemical quality of Ganoderma lucidum

Sudheer Surya1, Singh Ajit2, Ali Asgar3, Manickam Sivakumar4,*

1Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Jalan Broga, 43500, Semenyih, Malaysia

2School of Bioscience, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Jalan Broga, 43500, Semenyih, Malaysia

3Centre of Excellence for Postharvest Biotechnology (CEPB), School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Jalan Broga, 43500, Semenyih, Malaysia

4Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Science, Tallinn University of Technology, 12618, Tallinn, Estonia

*Corresponding author E-mail address: Sivakumar.Manickam@nottingham.edu.my

Online published on 17 August, 2019.


Carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is one of the important abiotic elicitors which can induce both beneficial and harmful effects in the organisms. In this research investigation, the effect of CO2 gas was tested to study the enhancement of bioactive compounds in G. lucidum. Similarly, the generation of reactive oxygen species was studied by colorimetric assays. The fruiting bodies of G. lucidum were exposed to external CO2 supplied from a CO2 cylinder as well as from elevated respiratory CO2 produced by fruiting bodies of G. lucidum owing to cellular respiration at fixed treatment time (1, 12, 24, and 48 h) to study the effect of CO2 in eliciting the bioactive compounds in the fruiting bodies of this mushroom. 18.3% O2 and excess CO2 (<5%) for 24 h have been found to be the best for the elicitation of bioactive compounds such as total phenolic content (TPC), flavonoids, water-soluble polysaccharides, and ganoderic acids along with an increase in its antioxidant potential.



G. lucidum, Carbon dioxide, Postharvest, Antioxidant activity, polysaccharide, ganoderic acids.


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