alexa Microbial production and application of sophorolipids


Research & Reviews: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

Author(s): Van BogaertINA

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Sophorolipids are surface-active compounds synthesized by a selected number of yeast species. They have been known for over 40 years, but because of growing environmental awareness, they recently regained attention as biosurfactants due to their biodegradability, low ecotoxicity, and production based on renewable resources. In this paper, an overview is given of the producing yeast strains and various aspects of fermentative sophorolipid production. Also, the biochemical pathways and regulatory mechanisms involved in sophorolipid biosynthesis are outlined. To conclude, a summary is given on possible applications of sophorolipids, either as native or modified molecules.

This article was published in ApplMicrobiolBiot and referenced in Research & Reviews: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

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