Oil-accumulating fungi research could help biofuels production

September 15, 2019 |

In Germany, mushroom genetics research, conducted by Ruhr-Universität Bochum researchers and others, could help biofuel production. Some species of trichosporonales fungi can store large amounts of lipids in their cells, and are so-called oil-accumulating fungi, which have therefore been increasingly analyzed in recent years as potential producers of biofuels.

Trichosporonales fungi are widespread in the environment and have been isolated in the soil, on rotting plants and on water bodies. Some species are harmful to humans.

A research team led by Privatdozentin Minou Nowrousian from the Department of Molecular and Cellular Botany of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) has now analyzed genes in the genomes of 24 fungi responsible for their sexual development. The research team has now investigated the cross-type genes in 24 species of the order Trichosporonales and thereby discovered fused cross-type loci with previously unknown properties.

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