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Degradation of long chain n-alkanes by Mucorales

I. Development of mucorales on n-alkanes and on some possible oxidation products

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29 among 34 tested strains belonging to 11 genera of five different families of the order Mucorales exhibited good growth on solid media containing n-alkanes. In liquid media containing alkanes only a few strains showed vigorous formation of mycelial mats.

It can be assumed from growth tests on terminal and subterminal oxidation products of n-alkanes, that in addition to the ability of methyl group oxidation in Mucorales there is also a subterminal pathway for degradation of aliphatic hydrocarbons.

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Hoffmann, B., Rehm, H.J. Degradation of long chain n-alkanes by Mucorales. European J. Appl Microbiol. 3, 19–30 (1976). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00934067

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Keywords

  • Oxidation
  • Methyl
  • Hydrocarbon
  • Alkane
  • Liquid Medium