Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp 371–376

Acetone-butanol-isopropanol production byClostridiumbeijerinckii (synonym,Clostridiumbutylicum)

  • Jiann-Shin Chen
  • Stephen F. Hiu

DOI: 10.1007/BF01040869

Cite this article as:
Chen, JS. & Hiu, S.F. Biotechnol Lett (1986) 8: 371. doi:10.1007/BF01040869


Isopropanol is a product of the organism formerly known as “Clostridiumbutylicum”, which is now included in the speciesClostridiumbeijerinckii. We tested 52 strains ofC.beijerinckii for their ability to produce acetone,n-butanol, and isopropanol. The 32 butanol-producing strains may be divided into two groups based on whether isopropanol was produced. Isopropanol-producing cultures accumulated acetone only transiently.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiann-Shin Chen
    • 1
  • Stephen F. Hiu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anaerobic MicrobiologyVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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