Fungus produces highly effective surfactant

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Dr Markus Gre▀ler (l.) and Florian Baldeweg Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University
Dr Markus Gre▀ler (l.) and Florian Baldeweg Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Research team discovers previously unknown natural products in soil fungus Mortierella alpina.

  • Life

Mortierella alpina lives in the soil and likes to keep cool. This fungus, which belongs to the zygomycetes, grows best at temperatures of 10 to 15░C and occurs mainly in alpine or arctic habitats. In biotechnology, the fungus has been used for the large-scale production of polyunsaturated fatty acids such as arachidonic acids, mainly used as a dietary supplement in baby foods. But M. alpina can do much more: a research team from the Institute of Pharmacy at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, has discovered that this fungus also produces other interesting compounds. ...

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