Degradation of long chain n-alkanes by Mucorales

I. Development of mucorales on n-alkanes and on some possible oxidation products
  • B. Hoffmann
  • H. J. Rehm
Industrial Microbiology


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.


Oxidation Methyl Hydrocarbon Alkane Liquid Medium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Hoffmann
    • 1
  • H. J. Rehm
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of MicrobiologyUniversity of MünsterGermany

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