Lignin peroxidase producing microorganisms were isolated from the gut of Macrotermes nigeriense
(Soldier and worker termite). The microorganisms isolated were
. When the isolates were incubated for 24 hours in the presence of 0.5 w/v pyrogallol to test for the expression of peroxidase activities, B. subtilis
produced the highest activity among the bacterial isolates, with optimum temperature of 35 °C, and optimum pH of 6.5. Similar screen among the fungal isolates found M. distortum
to express the most activities, with optimum temperature of 40 °C, and optimum pH of 5.0, after 72 hours incubation. The results from this study suggest that B. subtilis
and M. distortum
can be a cheap source of lignin peroxidase for large scale commercial production, biotechnological and industrial applications.