Flavolipid biosurfactants

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Researchers at the University of Arizona have recently determined the structure and studied the properties of a new class of biosurfactants they called flavolipids. Investigation of a partially purified flavolipid mixture isolated from the bacterial culture showed that it was a strong and stable emulsifier, even at a low concentration of 19 mg/L. The mixture exhibited a critical micelle concentration of 300 mg/liter and reduced surface tension to 26.0 mN/m. It was also an effective solubilizing agent. It enhanced biodegradation of hexadecane by two bioremediating bacteria a hundredfold.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
Specialist publicationIndustrial Bioprocessing
StatePublished - Feb 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Organic Chemistry


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