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Biosurfactant production from marine hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria

Due to their diversity, biosurfactants are considered as a potential candidate for the environmental cleanup of pollutants. Therefore, a greater attention was paid on biosurfactants and identifying their potential applications.

BioSurfer is a biosurfactant product as well as a biosurfactant production scheme for ‘clean’ biosurfactant production, aiming for the growing biosurfactant market (oil spill response, enhanced oil recovery, detergents-personal hygiene industry). Big scale – low cost production of biosurfactant mixture from marine hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria. The final product is free from substrate impurities due to the ‘smart’ carbon source fed to the bacteria.

SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIVE

  • Scale up the BS-rhamnolipid production method
  • Economic and versatile product will be produced by means of:

o Biosurfactant producing bacteria …

o… fed with heavy aromatic petroleum byproduct

  • Test product efficiency
  • The crude oil degradation kinetics will be assessed in lab-scale microcosm experiments, with the use of the biosurfactant-product

PRODUCTION SCHEME

production scheme

RESULTS

Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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