It has been isolated 960 low-protease mutants after mutagenisation using UV radiation and NTG and selection on medium with addition of gellatine. Ten of them have been tested during batch cultivation for the production of cellulases, proteases and beta-galactosidase in the presence of whey and lactose as a source of carbon. Proteolytic activities estimated after cultivation of 9 mutants in the presence of lactose were lower then parental strain. It has been observed better inductive effect of whey then lactose on the secretion of proteases by all mutants tested. Pure lactose appeared to be more effective inducer of the production of beta-galactosidase then contains in whey. Biomass concentration of most mutants after cultivation on whey was only slightly higher then estimated after cultivation on pure lactose. It was probably connected with lytic compensatory mechanism of proteases exhibited higher activities in culture filtrates from cultivation in the presence of whey. This work is an introduction for future studies on correlation between proteases and other enzymes in culture filtrates of Trichoderma reesei.
Trichoderma reesei, low-protease mutants, lactose, whey