Siderophores are low molecular weight
(<1000 D) iron chelating compounds produced by microorganisms. Production of
siderophore is a device of antagonism as by virtue of the capacity of
siderophore production, a microorganism competes for Fe (III) with the others.
Production of siderophores by 9 different soil fungi and wood-decay fungi was
studied following CAS - assay and CAS - agar plate assay. Optimization for the production of
siderophores was done by varying the levels of pH and Fe (III) concentrations
in the low nutrient medium. All the test fungi could produce siderophores,
though the degree of production recorded to be very low both in Botryodiplodia
theobromae and in Fusarium spp. On the other hand, all the species of
Trichoderma showed their excellency in siderophore production. The optimum pH
for production of siderophores remained at neutral pH level though the range
varied from pH 6.0-8.0. The optimum range of the
concentration of Fe (III) required for siderophore production was recorded to
be 1.5-21.0 µM. However, the stress condition of
iron might be a decisive factor for siderophore production.