Conversion of lignocellulosic hydrolysates to lipids and glycolipids using yeastsConversion of lignocellulosic hydrolysates to lipids and glycolipids using yeasts

Collaborators: Tina Jeoh (BAE), Peter Hernes (LAWR)

Funding: USDA-NIFA

Aims: We are identifying yeasts able to consume the sugars and lignin monomers and tolerate the inhibitors in hydrolysates of almond shells, almond hulls, wheat germ and wheat bran. The selected yeasts accumulate high concentrations of lipids, and also secrete a novel class of glycolipids with surfactant properties.


Conversion of almond hulls to high protein animal feed using yeasts

Lab membersCollaborators: Tina Jeoh (BAE),

Funding: Almond Board of California

Aims: Some yeasts from the Phaff collection are able to grow on the sugars found in almond hull hydrolysates, especially sucrose and galacturonic acid (breakdown product of pectin). These yeasts contain over 25% protein, with ideal amino acid balance for animal feed – a better quality protein than raw almond hulls.



Lab membersIdentification of olive spoilage agents

Collaborators: Maria Marco (FST)

Funding: CDFA

Aims: We identified yeasts that caused catastrophic spoilage in Sicilian style olives. This yeast, a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, produced high amounts of pectin, which caused excessive softening of olives.


Production of high protein yeast from agricultural residues

SamplesCollaborator: Tina Jeoh (BAE)

Funding: Mars

Aims: We compared ability of 250 high protein yeasts to consume sugars and tolerate inhibitors potentially present in lignocellulosic hydrolysates. Compatible yeasts were grown in