Submitted to: United States Japan Natural Resources Protein Panel
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/12/1999
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Hydroxy fatty acids are important industrial materials. The hydroxy group gives a fatty acid special properties, such as higher viscosity and reactivity. Presently, imported castor oil is the only commercial source of industrial hydroxy fatty acids. Production of hydroxy (including keto) fatty acids through bioconversion has drawn much attention recently. There are three types of hydroxy fatty acids produced by bioconversion: mono, di, and trihydroxy fatty acids. Chemical structure of trihydroxy unsaturated fatty acid resembles those of plant self-defense substances.