Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 167–172

The use of Macronet resins to recover γ-decalactone produced by Rhodotorula aurantiaca from the culture broth

  • Mohamed Alchihab
  • Jean-Marc Aldric
  • Mario Aguedo
  • Jacqueline Destain
  • Jean-Paul Wathelet
  • Philippe Thonart
Original Paper


During the biotransformation of castor oil into γ-decalactone, R. aurantiaca produced both the lactone form and its precursor (4-hydroxydecanoic acid). After six days of culture, a maximum yield of γ-decalactone of 6.5 g/l was obtained. The parameters of γ-decalactone adsorption on three Macronet resins (MN-202, MN-102 and MN-100) were investigated in water. Adsorption isotherms of γ-decalactone for the three Macronet resins were linear. The trapping of γ-decalactone produced by R. aurantiaca on these resins was then carried out. γ-Decalactone was effectively retained by all the studied Macronet resins. The resin MN-202 trapped γ-decalactone more efficiently than MN-102 and MN-100. The percentages of γ-decalactone adsorbed on the resins MN-202, MN-102 and MN-100 were, respectively, 85, 75 and 81%, whereas around 70% of the adsorbed γ-decalactone was then desorbed. We propose an industrial process that uses Macronet resins to extract γ-decalactone from culture broth of R. aurantiaca.


γ-Decalactone Extraction Macronet resin Rhodotorula aurantiaca 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohamed Alchihab
    • 1
  • Jean-Marc Aldric
    • 1
  • Mario Aguedo
    • 2
  • Jacqueline Destain
    • 1
  • Jean-Paul Wathelet
    • 2
  • Philippe Thonart
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculté Universitaire des Sciences Agronomiques de Gembloux, Unité de Bio-IndustriesCentre Wallon de Biologie IndustrielleGemblouxBelgium
  2. 2.Faculté Universitaire des Sciences Agronomiques de GemblouxUnité de Chimie Générale et OrganiqueGemblouxBelgium

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