Fungal Biorefinery for the Production of Single Cell Oils as Advanced Biofuels

  • Abu YousufEmail author
  • Baranitharan Ethiraj
  • Maksudur Rahman Khan
  • Domenico Pirozzi
Part of the Fungal Biology book series (FUNGBIO)


Biofuel production from edible substrate raises a social conflict because it hikes the food price, occupies the arable land and competes with the food industry. Therefore, microbial oils or single cell oils (SCOs) have attracted the attention as suitable alternative of triglycerides. A variety of microbes have been studied such as microalgae, bacteria, yeast and fungi. A comprehensive study for the functionality of fungi in the purpose of biofuel synthesis is not addressed yet. This chapter describes the biorefinery concept of fungi to biofuels, which includes their culture techniques, culture medium, growth, SCO extraction and transesterification of SCO. It also compares the first-generation to third-generation biofuels.


Single cell oils Microbial lipid Substrates for SCO Extraction of SCO SCO to biofuels Industrial production 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abu Yousuf
    • 1
    Email author
  • Baranitharan Ethiraj
    • 2
  • Maksudur Rahman Khan
    • 3
  • Domenico Pirozzi
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering & Polymer ScienceShahjalal University of Science and TechnologySylhetBangladesh
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyBannari Amman Institute of TechnologySathyamangalam, Erode DistrictIndia
  3. 3.Faculty of Chemical and Natural Resources EngineeringUniversity Malaysia PahangGambangMalaysia
  4. 4.Department of Chemical Engineering, Materials and Industrial Production, University Naples Federico IINaplesItaly

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