This study investigated the production of lipids and carotenoids and
associated growth properties by the oleaginous red yeast Rhodosporodium
toruloides strain ATCC 204091, using C5 and C6 sugar streams of
lignocellulosic waste hydrolysate separately and in combination (C5+C6).
Methodology: Cell density, wet and dry biomass weight,
concentration of total sugars and reducing sugars were determined at various
time intervals during cell growth in media containing C5, C6 and mixed
sugars. Lipid and carotenoids were extracted and the media were compared with
respect to production.
Production of lipid (22.25%) and carotenoids (19 mg l-1) was
highest in C6 sugar, as compared to mixed sugars and C5 sugar.
Interpretation: Due to the versatility of Rhodosporodium
toruloides strain ATCC 204091 for utilizing C6 and C5 sugars present in
waste hydrolysates, it has been projected as a good choice for cultivation in
Carotenoid, hydrolysate; lignocellulosic, lipid, Rhodosporodium toruloides