Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology

, Volume 37, Issue 12, pp 1271–1287 | Cite as

Microbial lipids from renewable resources: production and characterization

  • Ramalingam Subramaniam
  • Stephen Dufreche
  • Mark Zappi
  • Rakesh BajpaiEmail author


A number of microorganisms belonging to the genera of algae, yeast, bacteria, and fungi have ability to accumulate neutral lipids under specific cultivation conditions. The microbial lipids contain high fractions of polyunsaturated fatty acids and have the potential to serve as a source of significant quantities of transportation fuels. This paper reviews the current state of the art of this field. It summarizes the various microorganism used, feed stocks available, environmental factors that influence growth of cells and accumulation of lipids, major fatty acid composition of lipids, and the technology.


Algae Yeast Fatty acid composition Lipids Economics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramalingam Subramaniam
    • 1
  • Stephen Dufreche
    • 1
  • Mark Zappi
    • 1
  • Rakesh Bajpai
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Chemical Engineering DepartmentUniversity of Louisiana at LafayetteLafayetteUSA

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