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Acidophilic Fungus for Biofuel Production and Additional Industrial Uses


The novel aspect of this discovery is the acidophilic nature of the fungus (labeled MK7) and enzymes. Enzymes which function at low pH have considerable value across industries. Enzymes produced include: • Lignin-reducing enzymes • Cellulases • Amylases • Lipases • Laccases • Mg Peroxidases Under anaerobic conditions MK7 is able to convert biomass (a wide range has been tested) directly to ethanol and hydrogen. Under aerobic conditions MK7 has been shown to be capable of producing lipids. Preliminary experiments without any optimization reveal that MK7 is able to produce up to 90 grams of lipid per kilogram of wheat straw. The lipid is typically sequestered in lipid bodies within the cell. Lipid profiling reveals the following products: 16:0 (27%) 18:0 (20%) 18:1 (44%). Applications: Renewable & Non-Traditional Energy


• Easy to grow • Enzymes active upwards of 120 ºC • Enzymes resistant to metals • Naturally contamination resistant • Can ferment 5-carbon sugars • Produces enzymes at low pH • Produces product at wide T° range • Co-products include lipids ethanol Hydrogen

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