MICROBIOLOGICAL DEWAXING WITH PRODUCTION OF PROTEIN AND VITAMIN CONCENTRATES
ARMY BIOLOGICAL LABS FREDERICK MD
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The culture of microorganisms on petroleum substrates has been studied with a view of producing protein and vitamin concentrates suitable for animal and human consumption. Owing to the fact that such micro-organisms selectively metabolize paraffinic hydrocarbons, the distillates so treated are thoroughly dewaxed. Usually one part of protein-vitamin concentrates and 9 parts of very low pour point gas oil are produced from 10 parts by weight of heavy gas oil. The proteins in such concentrates are particularly rich in the amino-acids indispensable to life which are only found in animal proteins. Their use with cereals produces compound foods having a balanced nutritional value. The presence of a high protein of growth vitamins increases their food value. The profitability of the process is enhanced by the upgrading of the oil fractions as a result of their being freed from wax. It is shown that the production potential of proteins from petroleum could make good the present world shortage of animal proteins for human consumption in a short space of time and at a competitive price.
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