Isolation of autochthonous non-white rot fungi with potential for enzymatic upgrading of Venezuelan extra-heavy crude oil

@article{Naranjo2007IsolationOA,
  title={Isolation of autochthonous non-white rot fungi with potential for enzymatic upgrading of Venezuelan extra-heavy crude oil},
  author={Leopoldo Naranjo and H{\'e}ctor Urbina and Angela De Sisto and Vladimir Leon},
  journal={Biocatalysis and Biotransformation},
  year={2007},
  volume={25},
  pages={341 - 349}
}
The increasing world demand for fuels makes it necessary to exploit the largest reserve of extra-heavy crude oil (EHCO) of the Orinoco Oil Belt from Venezuela. We propose the use of extracellular oxidative enzymes, in particular, lignin-degrading enzyme systems (LDS) of fungi, for enzymatic improvement of EHCO. Autochthonous non-white rot fungal strains able to use EHCO, and several polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as sole carbon source and energy, were isolated from EHCO-polluted soils… CONTINUE READING

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