Life Sciences (general)
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
Optimization studies have been carried out for the production of L-lactic acid from the fermentation of beet molasses by Lactobacillus delbrueckii. A PLACKETT-BURMAN Design and a Central Composite Design have been used to determine the most suitable nutrient medium for obtaining a maximum cell concentration. A second-order polynomial empirical model relating both the cell and nutrient concentrations was formulated. The variables selected for the study were Yeast Extract, Peptone, Tween 80 (antifoam), MgSO4 · 7H2O, MnSO4·4H2O, FeSO4 · 7H2O and K2HPO4/KH2PO4. Among them, only Yeast Extract and Peptone were found to significantly affect the cell concentration. A maximum cell yield was found when the concentrations of Yeast Extract and Peptone were, respectively, 5.31 g/l and 5.08 g/l. All conclusions are restricted to the experimental range studied.
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