Author(s): Tuleva BK, Ivanov GR, Christova NE
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Abstract Observation of both tensio-active and emulsifying activities indicated that biosurfactants were produced by the newly isolated and promising strain Pseudomonas putida 21BN. The biosurfactants were identified as rhamnolipids, the amphiphilic surface-active glycolipids usually secreted by Pseudomonas spp. Their production was observed when the strain was grown on soluble substrates, such as glucose or on poorly soluble substrates, such as hexadecane, reaching values of 1.2 g l(-1). When grown on hexadecane as the sole carbon source the biosurfactant lowered the surface tension of the medium to 29 mN m(-1) and formed stable and compact emulsions with emulsifying activity of 69\%.
This article was published in Z Naturforsch C
and referenced in Journal of Petroleum & Environmental Biotechnology