Humberto Heluane

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Recent advances in systems biology, omics, and computational studies allow us to carry out data mining for improving biofuel production bioprocesses. Of particular interest are bioprocesses that center on microbial capabilities to biotransform both the hexose and pentose fractions present in crop residues. This called for a systematic exploration of the(More)
The genes for utilization of xylose were transferred from Pachysolen tannophilus to Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The hybrids resembled the S. cerevisiae parent morphologically and in sugar assimilation. Pulsed field gel electrophoresis showed that the chromosome banding pattern was intermediate between the two parental species.
A method has been developed for the transfer of genes from other yeast strains and species to industrial yeast strains, using a haploid, kar1-1 mutant strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a vector. The sta2 gene, conferring the ability to metabolize starch was transferred from an autotrophic haploid strain of S. cerevisiae (S. diastaticus) and the(More)
We investigated the behavior of yeast of the genus Kluyveromyces (K. fragilis 507, K. lactis 29 and K. lactis 10), which grow on lactose as sole carbon source, since they possess an enzyme system for the utilization of this sugar. We determined the beta-galactosidase activity of these strains, grown in the logarithmic phase in media containing glucose and(More)
A method for regeneration of yeast protoplasts and fusants in a gelatin-agar mixture, followed by total recovery of the regenerated cells from the gelatin-agar mixture and isolation of the fusants, is described. A one-step method for obtaining intergeneric fusants in which the greater part of the genome is derived fromSaccharomyces cerevisiae, and in which(More)
Evaporation is a key operation in many industries and its optimization is required for the efficient management of water and energy within the process. During the operation, dissolved solids settle on the heat exchange surfaces with the consequent increase in the heat transfer resistance. Therefore, periodic shutdowns of the trains of evaporators are(More)
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