Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology

, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 523–527

Lipids of filamentous fungi as a material for producing biodiesel fuel

  • Ya. E. Sergeeva
  • L. A. Galanina
  • D. A. Andrianova
  • E. P. Feofilova
Article

DOI: 10.1134/S0003683808050128

Cite this article as:
Sergeeva, Y.E., Galanina, L.A., Andrianova, D.A. et al. Appl Biochem Microbiol (2008) 44: 523. doi:10.1134/S0003683808050128

Abstract

Species of various filamentous fungus taxa were tested for ability to produce lipids suitable as a material for manufacturing biodiesel. The mucoralean fungus Cunninghamella japonica was found to be a promising lipid producer. The inexpensive medium for its growth developed in this study contained ammonium nitrate as a nitrogen source. With its use, up to 16 g/l biomass and over 7 g/l lipids was obtained. The fungal lipids were dominated by oleic acid. It constituted 50% of total fatty acids. The iodine index of the lipid fraction was 86.61. The heat of combustion of the lipids, 37.13 MJ/kg, was close to the value for rapeseed oil.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ya. E. Sergeeva
    • 1
  • L. A. Galanina
    • 1
  • D. A. Andrianova
    • 1
  • E. P. Feofilova
    • 1
  1. 1.Vinogradsky Institute of MicrobiologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia