Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 72, Issue 4, pp 676–680 | Cite as

A low-cost medium for mannitol production by Lactobacillus intermedius NRRL B-3693

  • Badal C. Saha
Biotechnological Products and Process Engineering


The production of mannitol by Lactobacillus intermedius NNRL B-3693 using molasses as an inexpensive carbon source was evaluated. The bacterium produced mannitol (104 g/l) from molasses and fructose syrups (1:1; total sugars, 150 g/l; fructose:glucose 4:1) in 16 h. Several kinds of inexpensive organic and inorganic nitrogen sources and corn steep liquor were evaluated for their potential to replace more expensive nitrogen sources derived from Bacto-peptone and yeast extract. Soy peptone D (5 g/l) and corn steep liquor (50 g/l) were found to be suitable substitutes for Bacto-peptone (5 g/l) and Bacto-yeast extract (5 g/l), respectively. The bacterium produced 105 g mannitol per liter from the molasses and fructose syrup (1:1, total sugars 150 g/l; fructose:glucose 4:1) in 22 h using a combination of soy peptone D (5 g/l) and corn steep liquor (50 g/l). This is the first report on the production of mannitol by fermentation using molasses and corn steep liquor.


Fermentation Fructose Mannitol Lactic Acid Bacterium Corn Steep Liquor 
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The author thanks Gregory J. Kennedy for excellent technical assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fermentation Biotechnology Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Agricultural Research ServiceUnited States Department of AgriculturePeoriaUSA

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