Fungi as an alternative to produce essential fatty acids

Autores

  • Michele Rodrigues Francisco Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro.
  • Tatiana Saldanha Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro.
  • Marcelo Elias Fraga Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15361/1984-5529.2017v45n2p123-129

Palavras-chave:

ácidos graxos poli-insaturados, aplicação industrial, biomassa, biotecnologia

Resumo

Fungi have the ability to produce essential fatty acids of the omega-3 family, what is of great scientific interest, since these microorganisms are capable of developing under varied conditions, making their production a viable alternative. Fatty acids are of great importance in human food due to their beneficial effects to the organism, such as reduction in the development of cardiovascular problems and other chronic-degenerative diseases. Currently, the main food source of omega-3 fatty acids is saltwater fish, but there are concerns about potential health risks, including environmental contaminants, such as some metals, as well as ecological issues related to the extinction of some species. Therefore, interest in the biotechnology area has been increasing with the aim of extracting bioactive compounds from certain fungi species, besides using these species to produce biomass, food, and energy, among others.

Biografia do Autor

Michele Rodrigues Francisco, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro.

Mestranda em Ciência e Tecnologia de Alimentos; Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro; Departamento de Tecnologia de Alimentos, Instituto de Tecnologia.

Tatiana Saldanha, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro.

Pós Doutorada em Nutrição, pesquisadora; Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro

Marcelo Elias Fraga, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro.

Doutor em Ciências Veterinária, pesquisador; Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro.

Arquivos adicionais

Publicado

07/04/2017

Edição

Seção

Ciência e Tecnologia de Alimentos - Food Science and Tecnology