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First Advisor

Gray, William D., 1912-

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Biological Sciences


Fungi; Poultry; Protein research; Manures; Fertilizers


Fifty Fungi Imperfecti were selected at random and grown on a medium which used poultry waste as the sole source of nitrogen. Ten fungi were selected from the first group on the basis of dry weight yield, and they were then subjected to increasing levels of poultry waste. Three organisms were finally selected on the basis of dry weight yield at the highest level tested. The three organisms, Heterocephalum aurantiacum, Scopularionsis brevicaulis, and Rhinocladiella atrovirens, were then subjected to experiments involving the physical parameters of temperature and pH and the nutritional parameter of carbon source. Optimum conditions were found which gave the greatest dry weight yields of mycelium; crude protein was also recorded. Large scale experimentation was carried out on the three selected fungi using the optimum physical conditions and molasses as a carbon source. Dry weight yield, total crude protein per liter, and pH were monitored during a 96 hour growth period.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [64]-67)


67 pages




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