Single Cell Oils (SCOs) of Oleaginous Filamentous Fungi as a Renewable Feedstock: A Biodiesel Biorefinery Approach

  • Mahesh Khot
  • Gouri Katre
  • Smita Zinjarde
  • Ameeta RaviKumar
Part of the Fungal Biology book series (FUNGBIO)


Single cell oils (SCOs) from oleaginous fungi are fast occupying centre stage as biodiesel feedstock and offer many advantages over plant- and algal-based oils. The biorefinery concept involves the production of SCOs along with other coproducts by these fungi when grown on waste agro-residue biomass. Filamentous fungi, in general, are able to effectively utilize this waste biomass as they have the capacity to produce lignocellulosic enzymes, namely, cellulase, xylanase, etc. The utilization of these wastes as growth substrates would not only solve the problem of waste disposal but also help in reducing the production cost of biodiesel. This chapter deals with production of SCOs from various filamentous fungi as feedstock for biodiesel when grown on lignocellulosic wastes. Two important parameters to be considered for biodiesel production are feedstock selection and fuel properties of biodiesel which are strain and growth substrate specific. Approaches to improve the process efficiency like optimization of fermentation conditions, one-step transesterification and metabolic engineering as well as the physico-chemical properties of biodiesel are also discussed.


Single cell oil Filamentous fungi Waste agro-residues, Fatty acid profile, Biodiesel fuel properties 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahesh Khot
    • 1
  • Gouri Katre
    • 1
  • Smita Zinjarde
    • 1
  • Ameeta RaviKumar
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Bioinformatics and BiotechnologyPuneIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologySavitribai Phule Pune UniversityPuneIndia

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