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Brazilian Journal of Microbiology

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MIOSO, Roberto et al. Metabolite profiling of Schizochytrium sp. by GC-MS, an oleaginous microbial source of biodiesel. Braz. J. Microbiol. [online]. 2014, vol.45, n.2, pp.403-409. ISSN 1517-8382.

The chemical screening carried out on Schizochytrium sp. biomass led the identification of 24 types of organic compounds belonging to n-alkanes, 1-alkenes, 1-alkanols, free fatty acids, methyl and ethyl esters of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, saturated tri- and diglycerides, unsaturated monoglycerides, wax esters, sterols, triterpenes, and mono- and sesquiterpenes. Moreover, a sample containing fully saturated ethyl biodiesel was obtained experimentally with a yield of 28.72% w/w of the crude extract, and an average chain length of 15.52 carbons. This strain produced no toxins, but showed important nutrients, making it potentially applicable to the field of functional food, and biodiesel production.

Keywords : Schizochytrium sp.; zoosporic microorganism; organic compounds; renewable fuel.

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