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Kitiya Amkul, Kularb Laosatit, Prakit Somta, Sangrea Shim, Suk-Ha Lee, Patcharin Tanya, Peerasak Srinives
Jatropha (Jatropha curcas L.) is an oil-bearing plant that has potential to be cultivated as a biodiesel crop. The seed cake after oil extraction has 40-50% protein that can be used in animal feeds. A major limitation in utilizing the cake is the presence of phorbol esters (PE), a heat-tolerant toxic chemical. To identify the quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for PE, we constructed a genetic linkage map from an F₂ population of 95 individuals from a cross "Chai Nat" × "M10" using 143 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers...
August 18, 2017: Genes
Daniel Jaeger, Anika Winkler, Jan H Mussgnug, Jörn Kalinowski, Alexander Goesmann, Olaf Kruse
BACKGROUND: Oleaginous microalgae are promising production hosts for the sustainable generation of lipid-based bioproducts and as bioenergy carriers such as biodiesel. Transcriptomics of the lipid accumulation phase, triggered efficiently by nitrogen starvation, is a valuable approach for the identification of gene targets for metabolic engineering. RESULTS: An explorative analysis of the detailed transcriptional response to different stages of nitrogen availability was performed in the oleaginous green alga Monoraphidium neglectum...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Rajper Aftab Ahmed, Meilin He, Rajper Asma Aftab, Shiyan Zheng, Mostafa Nagi, Ramadan Bakri, Changhai Wang
The biofuels are receiving considerable attention as a substitute for petro diesel. For microalgae, the cell density or biomass and lipid contents are key components for biodiesel production. This study was conducted to develop favorable culture conditions for Dunaliella salina to maximize its biomass and lipid accumulation. The effect of salinity (0.5 to 2.5 M NaCl) on the cell population, biochemical composition, and lipid output of Dunaliella salina was examined under a controlled environment for 21 days...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yangyang Zhan, Chengjun Zhu, Bojie Sheng, Dongbo Cai, Qin Wang, Zhiyou Wen, Shouwen Chen
Bacillus licheniformis WX-02 is a well-studied strain to produce poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) with numerous applications. This study is to improve WX-02 strain's capability of assimilating glycerol, a major byproduct of biofuels industries, through metabolic manipulation. Through gene knockout, the GlpK pathway was identified as the sole functional glycerol catabolism pathway, while the DhaK pathway was inactive for this strain under either aerobic or anaerobic conditions. The enhancement of glycerol utilization was attempted by substituting the native glpFK promoter with the constitutive promoter (P43), ytzE promoter (PytzE), and bacABC operon promoter (PbacA), respectively...
August 13, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Md Mofijur Rahman, Mohammad Golam Rasul, Nur Md Sayeed Hassan, Abul Kalam Azad, Md Nasir Uddin
This paper aims to investigate the effect of the addition of 5% alcohol (butanol) with biodiesel-diesel blends on the performance, emissions, and combustion of a naturally aspirated four stroke multi-cylinder diesel engine at different engine speeds (1200 to 2400 rpm) under full load conditions. Three types of local Australian biodiesel, namely macadamia biodiesel (MB), rice bran biodiesel (RB), and waste cooking oil biodiesel (WCB), were used for this study, and the data was compared with results for conventional diesel fuel (B0)...
August 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Jun Cheng, Yi Qiu, Jie Zhang, Rui Huang, Weijuan Yang, Zhentao Fan
Four solid acid catalysts including graphene oxide (GO), sulfonated graphene oxide (SGO), sulfonated graphene (SG), and sulfonated active carbon (SAC) were used to convert lipids in wet microalgae into biodiesel. The physiochemical properties of the catalysts were characterized with scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, and thermogravimetric analysis. SGO provided the highest conversion efficiency (84.6% of sulfuric acid) of lipids to fatty acid methyl esters (FAME). Whereas SAC converted few lipids into FAME...
July 27, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Mahin Basha Syed
High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used for the determination of compounds occurring during the production of biodiesel from karanja and jatropha oil. Methanol was used for fast monitoring of conversion of karanja and jatropha oil triacylglycerols to fatty acid methyl esters and for quantitation of residual triacylglycerols (TGs), in the final biodiesel product. The individual sample compounds were identified using HPLC. Analysis of fatty acid methyl esters (FAMES) in blends of biodiesel by HPLC using a refractive index and a UV detector at 238 nm...
2017: MethodsX
Fatma Arous, Imen Ben Atitallah, Moncef Nasri, Tahar Mechichi
Over the past decade, the increasing demand of vegetable oils for biodiesel production has highlighted the need for alternative oil feedstocks that do not compete with food production. In this context, the combined use of agro-industrial wastes and oleaginous microorganisms could be a promising strategy for sustainable biodiesel production. The present investigation involves the performance of the oleaginous yeast Wickerhamomyces anomalus strain EC28 to produce lipids from different agro-industrial wastewaters (i...
August 2017: 3 Biotech
Nayara M Costa, Valdislaine M Silva, Gizele Damaceno, Raquel M F Sousa, Eduardo M Richter, Antonio E H Machado, Alam G Trovó
The feasibility of biodiesel effluent treatment combining coagulation-flocculation with a photolytic process was evaluated, being the photolytic process involving the irradiation of the effluent by UV-C, or by UV-C irradiation with simultaneous addition of H2O2 (H2O2/UV-C). The coagulation-flocculation was performed at the natural pH of the effluent (pH 2.9) using different Fe(3+) salts (chloride, nitrate and sulfate) at different concentrations (0.25, 0.50 and 1.0 mmol L(-1)) of the counterions. The best results were achieved using 0...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Pritam Kumar Dikshit, Susant Kumar Padhi, Vijayanand S Moholkar
In present study, statistical optimization of biodiesel-derived crude glycerol fermentation to DHA by immobilized G. oxydans cells over polyurethane foam is reported. Effect of DHA (product) inhibition on crude glycerol fermentation was analyzed using conventional biokinetic models and new model that accounts for both substrate and product inhibition. Optimum values of fermentation parameters were: pH=4.7, temperature=31°C, initial substrate concentration=20g/L. At optimum conditions, DHA yield was 89% (17...
July 27, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Brandy J Johnson, Brian J Melde, Martin H Moore, Anthony P Malanoski, Jenna R Taft
Biodiesel is produced by transesterification of animal fat, vegetable oil, or waste cooking oil with alcohol. After production costs, the economic viability of biodiesel is dependent on what steps are necessary to remove impurities following synthesis and the effectiveness of quality control analysis. Solid-phase extraction offers a potentially advantageous approach in biodiesel processing applications. Nanoporous scaffolds were investigated for adsorption of glycerol, a side product of biodiesel synthesis that is detrimental to engine combustion when present...
June 21, 2017: Materials
Kanjana Khunathai, Katsutoshi Inoue, Keisuke Ohto, Hidetaka Kawakita, Minoru Kurata, Kinya Atsumi, Hiroaki Fukuda, Shafiq Alam
Although biodiesel oil extracted from microalgae attracts much attention as one of the most promising green energies, its high production cost is a big problem, impeding its extensive use. In order to lower the production cost, the effective use of microalgal residue after extracting biofuel was investigated as a feed material of functional materials. In the present work, a new adsorbent for silver(I) was prepared by immobilizing functional groups of polyethylene-polyamine or dithiooxamide, which exhibita high affinity for soft Lewis acids such as silver(I) ions...
June 10, 2017: Materials
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Transesterification of waste activated sludge (WAS) was evaluated as a cost-effective technique to reduce excess biosolids and recover biodiesel feedstock from activated sludge treatment plants. A laboratory-scale sequencing batch reactor (SBR) was operated with recycling transesterification-treated WAS back to the aeration basin. Seventy percent recycling of WAS resulted in 48% reduction of excess biosolids in comparison to a conventional SBR, which was operated in parallel as the control SBR. Biodiesel recovery of 8...
August 1, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
Zheng Sun, Xiao-Peng Fang, Xiao-Yang Li, Zhi-Gang Zhou
Producing biodiesel from microalgae grown in wastewater is environment-friendly and cost-effective. The present study investigated the algae found in wastewater of a local dairy farm for their potential as biodiesel feedstocks. Thirteen native algal strains were isolated. On the basis of morphology and 16S/18S rRNA gene sequences, one strain was identified to be a member of cyanobacteria, while other 12 strains belong to green algae. After screening, two Scenedesmus strains out of the 13 microalgae isolates demonstrated superiority in growth rate, lipid productivity, and sedimentation properties, and therefore were selected for further scale-up outdoor cultivation...
July 31, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Narisetty Vivek, T V Aswathi, Petit Riff Sven, Ashok Pandey, Parameswaran Binod
The microbial conversion of biodiesel derived crude glycerol to 1,3-propanediol (1,3-PDO) has attained high industrial value due to the broad range of applications as a monomer (1,3-PDO) in textile, cosmetic and polymer industries. This fine chemical through biological production addressed several limitations of the chemical process like high temperatures, pressure and expensive catalysts. In this study 1,3-propanediol production was achieved from a non-pathogenic lactic acid bacterial strain Lactobacillus brevis N1E9...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
Samadhan Yuvraj Bagul, Randhir K Bharti, Dolly Wattal Dhar
Microalgae are reported as the efficient source of renewable biodiesel which should be able to meet the global demand of transport fuels. Present study is focused on assessment of wastewater grown indigenous microalga Chlorella sp. for fuel quality parameters. This was successfully grown in secondary treated waste water diluted with tap water (25% dilution) in glass house. The microalga showed a dry weight of 0.849 g L(-1) with lipid content of 27.1% on dry weight basis on 21st day of incubation. After transesterification, the yield of fatty acid methyl ester was 80...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Behroz Abdoli, Seyed Ali MirHassani, Farnaz Hooshmand
Because of the harmful effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emitted by petroleum-based fuels, the adoption of alternative green fuels such as biodiesel and compressed natural gas (CNG) is an inevitable trend in the transportation sector. However, the transition to alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) fleets is not easy and, particularly at the beginning of the transition period, drivers may be forced to travel long distances to reach alternative fueling stations (AFSs). In this paper, the utilization of bi-fuel vehicles is proposed as an operational approach...
July 27, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Chao Wang, Zhenyao Wang, Fei Luo, Yuqin Li
The lipid productivity controlled by both of biomass and lipid content was really crucial for economic-feasibility of microalgae-based biofuels production. This study attempted at augmenting lipid productivity in an emerging oleaginous model alga Coccomyxa subellipsoidea by different nitrogen manipulation including one-stage continuous N-sufficiency (OCNS), N-deprivation (OCND), N-limitation (OCNL), and also two-stage batch N-starvation (TBNS). Amongst four tested nitrogen manipulation strategies, OCNS performed remarkable promoting effect on cell metabolic growth and the maximum biomass was achieved by 7...
August 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Raquel S Cordeiro, Izabela C D Vaz, Sérgia M S Magalhães, Francisco A R Barbosa
The present study evaluated the effects of the culturing media and the levels of nitrogen and phosphorus on the growth, biomass productivity and lipid production of four species of Microcystis (M. novacekii, M. aeruginosa, M panniformis and M. protocystis). The lipid extract was obtained by refluxing with dichloromethane (Soxhlet). The biomass and biomass productivity yields were maximized with ASM-1 medium treatment enriched with nitrogen and/or phosphorus (0.25-0.65 g/L and 25-50.7 mg/L d-1, respectively)...
July 24, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
Toshiyuki Itoh
Ionic liquids (ILs) have now been acknowledged as reaction media for biotransformations. The first three examples were reported in this field in 2000, and since then, numerous applications have been reported for biocatalytic reactions using ILs. Two topics using ILs for enzymatic reactions have been reviewed from the standpoint of biocatalyst mediating organic synthesis; the first is "Biocatalysis in Ionic Liquids" which includes various types of biocatalytic reactions in ILs (section 2): (1) recent examples of lipase-mediated reactions using ILs as reaction media for biodiesel oil production and for sugar ester production, (2) oxidase-catalyzed reactions in ILs, (3) laccase-catalyzed reactions, (4) peroxidase-catalyzed reactions, (4) cytochrome-mediated reactions, (5) microbe-mediated hydrations, (6) protease-catalyzed reactions, (8) whole cell mediated asymmetric reduction of ketones, (10) acylase-catalyzed reactions, (11) glycosylation or cellulase-mediated hydrolysis of polysaccharides, (12) hydroxynitrile lyase-catalyzed reaction, (13) fluorinase or haloalkane dehydrogenase-catalyzed reaction, (14) luciferase-catalyzed reactions, and (15) biocatalytic promiscuity of enzymatic reactions for organic synthesis using ILs...
August 9, 2017: Chemical Reviews
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