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Morphology of R. toruloides
Morphology of R. toruloides. (a) Pink-colored colony. (b) Yeast-like growth by budding. Submerged culture in YEPD (c) and nitrogen-limited medium (d). Ultrastructure of R. toruloides in YEPD (e) and nitrogen-limited medium (f and g). N, nucleus; CW, cell wall; M, mitochondrion; LD, lipid droplet; arrows, lipids accumulated in cell. Image courtesy of Dr. Zongbao Zhao

Rhodosporidium toruloides is a nonpathogenic, red-colored basidiomycetous fungus. It is an oleaginous yeast that can accumulate lipids over 70% of its dry cell weight.1 It is also a good producer for carotenoids and some important enzymes. R. toruloides has a broad substrate scope and excellent tolerance to inhibitory compounds found in biomass hydrolysates.2
R. toruloides NP11 is a haploid strain3 that is isolated from the parent diploid strain R. toruloides CGMCC 2.1389 (equals to R. toruloides CBS 6016).

Genome Reference(s)

Additional references

1.    Li YH, Zhao ZK, Bai FW. “High-density cultivation of oleaginous yeast Rhodosporidium toruloides Y4 in fed-batch culture” Enzyme Microb. Technol. 2007, 41(3), 312–8317
2.    Hu CM, Zhao X, Zhao J, Wu SG, Zhao ZK. “Effects of biomass hydrolysis by-products on oleaginous yeast Rhodosporidium toruloides” Bioresour. Technol. 2009, 100(20), 4843–4847