Continuous pullulan fermentation in a biofilm reactor

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Biofilm is a natural form of cell immobilization in which microorganisms attach onto solid support. In this study, a pigment-reduced pullulan-producing strain, Aureobasidium pullulans (ATCC 201253), was used for continuous pullulan fermentation in a plastic composite support (PCS) biofilm reactor. Optimal conditions for the continuous pullulan production were determined by evaluating the effects of the feeding medium with various concentrations of ammonium sulfate and sucrose and dilution rate. Pullulan concentration and production rate reached maximum (8.3 g/l and 1.33 g/l/h) when 15 g/l of sucrose, 0.9 g/l of ammonium sulfate, and 0.4 g/l of yeast extract were applied in the medium, and the dilution rate was at 0.16 h-1. The purity of produced pullulan was 93.0%. The ratio of hyphal cells of A. pullulans increased when it was grown on the PCS shaft. Overall, the increased pullulan productivity can be achieved through biomass retention by using PCS biofilm reactor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)921-927
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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