Article: Efficient sophorolipids production using food waste


In this article, the production of biosurfactant sophorolipids from several (food) waste streams was investigated, using the non-pathogenic yeast Starmerella bombicola. From a preliminary screening, restaurant food waste emerged as the most suitable feedstock compared to bakery waste, textile waste, used corn oil, animal fat and lipid fraction of hydrolyzed food waste. Restaurant food waste was subsequently used for sophorolipids production in a laboratory-scale bioreactor.

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