Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 40, Issue 5, pp 634–637 | Cite as

Preservation of Xanthomonas campestris on agar slopes: effects on xanthan production

  • Enrique Galindo
  • Guadalupe Salcedo
  • Ma. Eugenia Ramírez


Xanthomonas campestris NRRL B-1459 and a variant E2, when preserved on agar slopes (transferred monthly) over 11 months did not deteriorate in their ability to produce xanthan in quantity and quality, as determined by culture in 500-ml baffled flasks. Variations between 8 and 14% (with respect to the average) in the final xanthan concentration were observed for the E2 and B-1459 strains, respectively. A wide range of final viscosities was obtained; these were consistent with the changes in gum concentration. Differences were more likely associated with differences in fermentation kinetics rather than being inherent to the strains. The rheological quality of both polysacharides was relatively constant throughout the time of culture maintenance. Preservation of these bacteria on agar slopes was an adequate method, in contrast to previous reports. In the period studied, strain E2 produced higher gum titres and slightly lower gum quality compared to strain B-1459.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enrique Galindo
    • 1
  • Guadalupe Salcedo
    • 1
  • Ma. Eugenia Ramírez
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Bioingeniería, Instituto de BiotecnologíaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoCuernavacaMéxico

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