Lovastatin Production in Solid-state Fermention by Aspergillus terreus and Its Application for Animal Feed Additive

  • Yoon, Ji-Yong (Hanson Bitech Co., Ltd. IACRI 201, Hannam University) ;
  • Han, Kyu-Boem (Hanson Bitech Co., Ltd. IACRI 201, Hannam University)
  • Published : 2003.10.22


Solid-state fermentation of lovastatin by Aspergillus terreus was investigated using commercially available 1.2 L polypropylene bottle designed for mushroom cultivation. Moist solid raw materials such as com, rice, and soy bean were tested and com was found to be most suitable for an economical production of lovastatin. 50% or higher water addition prior to the sterilization of com was effective for the maximal lovastatin production. About 0.5% (w/w) lovastatin content in dried cells and corn mass was obtained after 20 days of solid-state fermentation at 30$^{\circ}C$. For safety concerns, aflatoxin Bl and citrinin levels after fermentation were assayed but they were not detected. Lovastatin containing cells and corn residue after fermentation were autoclaved, dried, crushed, and fed to chicken for a period of 3 weeks. Approximately 20% reduction of blood cholesterol level of chicken was observed.