Ralstonia eutropha was cultivated in a continuous stirred fermenter with various C/N ratios (20, 30, and 40), dilution rates, and organic salt substrates (sodium propionate or sodium valerate) to explore the microbial growth and the poly(3HB-co-3HV) accumulation. When sodium propionate was used as the secondary carbon source, the HB/HV molar ratio at various C/N ratios and dilution rates did not change appreciably (approximately 90: 10). The highest poly(3HB-co-3HV) content in biomass (41.8%) and poly(3HB-co-3HV) productivity (0.100 g/(L·h)) occurred under the condition with a C/N ratio of 20 and dilution rate of 0.06 h−1. When sodium valerate was used as the secondary carbon source, the productivity of poly(3HB-co-3HV) increased with increasing dilution rate for the C/N ratio of 30 and 40. The average HB/HV molar ratio ranged from 48: 52 to 78: 32. The feeding of sodium valerate promoted the accumulation of HV better than feeding sodium propionate did. This study shows that a potential strategy of manipulating by both C/N ratio and dilution rate could be used to control the HV unit fraction in poly(3HB-co-3HV) in a continuous cultivation.
Poly(3HB-co-3HV) Continuous Cultivation Dilution Rate Ralstonia eutrophaC/N Ratio Propionate Valerate