Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 411–416

Continuous production of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate): Effects of C/N ratio and dilution rate on HB/HV ratio



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.

Key words

Poly(3HB-co-3HV) Continuous Cultivation Dilution Rate Ralstonia eutropha C/N Ratio Propionate Valerate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Bioindustry TechnologyDa-Yeh UniversityChang-HuaTaiwan, ROC

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