Date: 01 Feb 2007

Production of poly(3-hydroxybutyric-co-3-hydroxyvaleric acid) having a high hydroxyvalerate content with valeric acid feeding

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The capability of different organic acids to produce a derivative of PHB [poly(3-hydroxybutyric-co-3-hydroxyvaleric acid), P(3HB-co-3HV)] was examined in shake flask cultivations. Propionic and valeric acids demonstrated the potential to produce P(3HB-co-3HV) under nitrogen limiting conditions at 30°C. The addition time and the initial concentration of valeric acid needed for a high cellular HV content were identified by extensive experimentation. Fed-batch cultivation in 7-l bioreactor with valeric acid feeding resulted in the production of PHA containing 54% HV units.