Production of d-lactic acid from sugarcane molasses, sugarcane juice and sugar beet juice by Lactobacillus delbrueckii
Lactobacillus delbrueckii was grown on sugarcane molasses, sugarcane juice and sugar beet juice in batch fermentation at pH 6 and at 40°C. After 72 h, the lactic acid from 13% (w/v) sugarcane molasses (119 g total sugar l−1) and sugarcane juice (133 g total sugar l−1) was 107 g l−1 and 120 g l−1, respectively. With 10% (w/v) sugar beet juice (105 g total sugar l−1), 84 g lactic acid l−1 was produced. The optical purities of d-lactic acid from the feedstocks ranged from 97.2 to 98.3%.