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Moesziomyces antarcticus Production of MEL from Lignocellulose Hydrolysates (JCTB cover)

Moesziomyces antarcticus Production of MEL from Lignocellulose Hydrolysates (JCTB cover) | iBB | Scoop.it

Moesziomyces antarcticus is an efficient producer of mannosylerythritol lipids (MEL), a biosurfactant with a wide range of potential applications. The use of lignocellulosic biomass can contribute to sustainable MEL production. While lignocellulosic sugars (e.g. D-glucose and D-xylose) can be converted to MEL, the required pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass releases by products that are potentially inhibitory for yeasts. A recent publication by Marisa Santos, Nuno Faria and Frederico Ferreira from BERG-iBB , in collaboration with César Fonseca from LNEG, describes a design of experiment (DoE) that was performed to evaluate the effect of furfural, acetate and formate on M. antarcticus and its capacity to produce MEL from lignocellulose hydrolysates. The study provides insight into the conditions required by M. antarcticus for MEL production from lignocellulosic hydrolysates and points towards further process and strain development requirements. The work was published in Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology and made it to the cover of the journal.

 

Image details: JCTB cover,  copyright by Marisa V. Santos, 2018. Acknowledgements: FCT grant CRUISE (PTDC/AAG‐TEC/0696/2014)

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Marisa Santos Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering

Marisa Santos Defends PhD Thesis in Bioengineering | iBB | Scoop.it
Marisa Andreia Viegas dos Santos will be defending her Ph D thesis in Bioengineering (MIT Portugal program) at Instituto Superior Técnico, thursday the 24th july 2017 (10:30 H, room PA.3). During the last years, and under the supervision of Frederico Ferreira from BERG-iBB, Marisa focused her efforts on the use of the yeast Moesziomyces antarcticus as a cell factory for the biosynthesis of surface active glycolipids of the mannosylerythritol class. The title of Marisa's thesis is “Mannosylerythritol lipids bioproduction by Moesziomyces antarcticus: Sequential stages approach”.
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