Résumé : Using promoter exchange and gene knock-out strategies, two mutant strains, the so-called BBG116 and BBG125, were constructed from Bacillus subtilis wild-type strain ATCC 6633, a surfactin and mycosubtilin producer. Compared to the parental strain, both mutants overproduced constitutively mycosubtilin, while BBG125 had lost the ability to synthesize surfactin. Surprisingly, BBG125 was found to produce about 2-fold less mycosubtilin than BBG116 despite an expected higher availability of the cytoplasmic precursors and cofactors pool for biosynthesis. Further physiological characterization of BBG125 also highlighted: (i) a strong influence of temperature on mycosubtilin biosynthesis in BBG125 with a maximal productivity observed at 22. °C, compared to 15 and 30. °C; (ii) substantial changes in fatty acid profiles and thereby in mycosubtilin isoforms, compared to the wild-type strain; and (iii) the presence of five novel mycosubtilin isoforms. The antifungal activities of the new mix were higher than or equal to those of purified isoforms. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.