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From bumblebee to bioeconomy: Recent developments and perspectives for sophorolipid biosynthesis

Abstract : Sophorolipids are biobased compounds produced by the genera Starmerella and Pseudohyphozyma that gain exponential interest from academic and industrial stakeholders due to their mild and environmental friendly characteristics. Currently, industrially relevant sophorolipid productivities are reached up to 3.7 g∙L−1∙h−1 and sophorolipids are used in the personal care and cleaning industry at small scale. Moreover, applications in crop protection, food, bioflotation and medical fields are being extensively researched. The research and development of sophorolipids is at a crucial stage. Therefore, this work presents an overview of the state-of-the-art on sophorolipid research and their applications, while providing a critical assessment of scientific techniques and standardisation in reporting. In this review, the genuine sophorolipid producing organisms and the natural role of sophorolipids are discussed. Subsequently, an evaluation is made of innovations in production processes and the relevance of in-situ product recovery for process performance is discussed. Furthermore, a critical assessment of application research and its future perspectives are portrayed with a focus on the self-assembly of sophorolipid molecules. Following, genetic engineering strategies that affect the sophorolipid physiochemical properties are summarised. Finally, the impact of sophorolipids on the bioeconomy are uncovered, along with relevant future perspectives.
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Sven Dierickx, Martijn Castelein, Jelle Remmery, Veerle de Clercq, Sofie Lodens, et al.. From bumblebee to bioeconomy: Recent developments and perspectives for sophorolipid biosynthesis. Biotechnology Advances, Elsevier, 2021, pp.107788. ⟨10.1016/j.biotechadv.2021.107788⟩. ⟨hal-03273220⟩



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