Modifying the sophorolipid fatty acid tail by genetic engineering of Candida bombicola

01 September 2009 → 31 August 2014
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Biocatalysis and enzyme technology
    • Bioprocessing, bioproduction and bioproducts
    • Fermentation
    • Industrial biotechnology diagnostics
    • Industrial microbiology
    • Industrial molecular engineering of nucleic acids and proteins
    • Industrial biotechnology not elsewhere classified
fermentation sophorolipids yeast
Project description

The yeast Candida bombicola is able to produce sophorolipids. Those compounds consist out of a hydrophilic saccharide linked to a hydrophobic fatty acid chain. This structure gives the molecules surface-active properties with possible industrial applications. This project aims to modify the sophorolipid fatty acid chain by altering specific C. bombicola enzymes involved in sopohorolipidsynthesis.