Microbiology Laboratory, Department of Biology
The research interest of the Microbiology Laboratory (ML) (Department of Biology) is related to the study and production of microbial lipids (SCOs) from oleaginous microorganisms, which have exceptional composition or structure, of high biotechnological interest. In recent years, ML research interests have focused on the effect of the use of animal feed containing microelements and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) on fish growth and the beneficial effects of them to the consumers’ health. Research in ML also includes the development of innovative biotechnological applications, through the cultivation of selected oleaginous microorganisms in low-cost substrates (agro-industrial residues, raw glycerol, olive-mill wastewaters, etc.) for the production of SCOs rich in PUFAs or their further conversion into biofuels (biodiesel, bio-hydrogen), reducing the toxicity of waste with the aim to be used in food production. In addition, basic research focuses on clarifying important biochemical events in the cells of oleaginous microorganisms, growing in hydrophilic and/or hydrophobic substrates.
Lab head: George Aggelis