Fatty acid production by four strains of Mucor hiemalis grown in plant oil and soluble carbohydrates

  • SM Tauk-Tornisielo
  • JM Vieira
  • M Cecília
  • VS Carneiro
  • JS Govone
Keywords: Fatty acid production, Mucor hiemalis, polyunsaturated acids, -linolenic acid.


Four Mucor hiemalis strains (M1, M2, M3 and M4), isolated from soil at a depth of 0 - 15 cm in the Juréia- Itatins Ecology Station (JIES), in the state of São Paulo, Brazil and were evaluated for the production of
-linolenic (GLA) and other unsaturated fatty acids. Five growth variables (temperature, pH, carbon source, nitrogen source, and vegetable oils) were studied. Liquid media containing 2% vegetable oil (palm oil, canola oil, soybean oil, sesame oil, or sunflower oil) or 2% carbohydrate (fructose, galactose, glycerol, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose, sorbitol or xylose) and 1% yeast extract as a nitrogen source were used. The greatest biomass production was observed with M3 and M4 strains in palm oil (91.5 g l-1) and sunflower oil (68.3 g l-1) media, respectively. Strain M4 produced greater quantities of polyunsaturated acids in medium containing glucose. The GLA production in the M4 biomass was 1,132.2 mg l-1 in glucose medium. Plant oils were inhibitors of fatty acid production by these strains.

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