Researchers discover possible sources for yeast-based surfactants

08/3/2011 | CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com

U.S. researchers studying surfactant-like molecules called sophorolipids that are produced in yeast say they have identified certain yeasts that that could be used to mass-produce alternatives to petroleum-derived surfactants. "Yields [of sophorolipids] from this study are good, and I am sure they could be enhanced markedly in scale-ups," said researcher Cletus Kurtzman.

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