Fusarium oxysporum strain BM-201 was treated with ultraviolet (UV) radiation to obtain a high pectinase-producing strain. Mutant UV-10-41 was obtained and then treated by diethyl sulfate. Next, the mutant UV-diethyl sulfate-43 derived from UV-10-41 was selected as high pectinase-producing strain. Mutant UV-diethyl sulfate-43 was incubated on slant for 10 generations, demonstrating that the pectinase-producing genes were stable. Pectinase activity reached 391.2 U/mL, which is 73.6% higher than that of the original strain.
DNA isolation from some fungal organisms of agronomic importance is difficult because they have cell walls or capsules that are relatively unsusceptible to lysis. We have developed a fast DNA isolation protocol for Fusarium oxysporum, which causes fusarium wilt disease in more than 100 plant species, and for Pyrenochaeta terrestris, which causes pink root in onions.