Paddy straw as substrate for ethanol production
- First Online:
- Cite this article as:
- Wati, L., Kumari, S. & Kundu, B.S. Indian J Microbiol (2007) 47: 26. doi:10.1007/s12088-007-0005-y
- 128 Downloads
Pretreatment of paddy straw with 2% sodium hydroxide at 15 psi for 1 h resulted in 83% delignification. The hydrolysis of alkali treated paddy straw with a commercial preparation of cellulase for 2 h at 50°C resulted in release of 65% total reducing sugars. Maximum sugars were released at enzyme loading of 1.5% (v/v). The fermentation of hydrolysate supplemented with nutrients by S. cerevisiae resulted in the production of 20–30 g L−1 ethanol after 48 h incubation which was further improved with addition of yeast nitrogen base and inoculated with 1% (w/v) yeast cells.