Microbial oil

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Microbial oil is a triglyceride (lipid) produced by a microbe, and is similar to vegetable oil, another biologically produced oil. Some species of yeast are able to convert food into triglycerides and accumulate the produced lipids when fed carbohydrates.[1] Production of microbial oil has been researched for production of biodiesel, because impure carbohydrates such as agricultural residues, e.g. waste molasses can be used as a feedstock for production of oil.[2]


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  2. ^ "Efficient lipid production with Trichosporon fermentans and its use for biodiesel preparation". Bioresource Technology. 99: 7881–7885. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2008.02.033.