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Microorganisms as Sources of Phospholipids

  • Colin Ratledge
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 33)


Almost the entire range of plant and animal phospholipids can be found within microorganisms. The range has been comprehensively reviewed by Ambron and Pieringer (1973) and more recently by Thiele (1979) in an all-encompassing monograph on lipids. More selective reviews include those by Pieringer (1983) covering principally the biosynthesis of bacterial phospholipids, Weete (1980) dealing with fungal lipids and Mangnall and Getz (1973) reviewing eukaryotic (yeasts, fungi and algae) lipids. Other reviews which may be consulted include those by Brennan and Lösel (1978), covering specialized areas of fungal lipids; and by Verma and Khuller (1983) covering lipids of Actinomycetes. As a most useful introductory text to the subject of microbial (and plant) lipids, the monograph by Harwood and Russell (1984) can be recommended.


Lipid Composition Itaconic Acid Phospholipid Content Single Cell Protein Microbial Lipid 
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  • Colin Ratledge
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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of HullHullUK

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