, Volume 74, Issue 1, pp 69-77
Date: 25 Oct 2006

Carbon-limited fed-batch production of medium-chain-length polyhydroxyalkanoates from nonanoic acid by Pseudomonas putida KT2440

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Abstract

Pseudomonas putida KT2440 grew on glucose at a specific rate of 0.48 h−1 but accumulated almost no poly-3-hydroxyalkanoates (PHA). Subsequent nitrogen limitation on nonanoic acid resulted in the accumulation of only 27% medium-chain-length PHA (MCL-PHA). In contrast, exponential nonanoic acid-limited growth (μ = 0.15 h−1) produced 70 g l−1 biomass containing 75% PHA. At a higher exponential feed rate (μ = 0.25 h−1), the overall productivity was increased but less biomass (56 g l−1) was produced due to higher oxygen demand, and the biomass contained less PHA (67%). It was concluded that carbon-limited exponential feeding of nonanoic acid or related substrates to cultures of P. putida KT2440 is a simple and highly effective method of producing MCL-PHA. Nitrogen limitation is unnecessary.