Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
Summary In view of the interest in high productivity fermentations at increased temperatures, the effect of temperature on the kinetics of ethanol production by Saccharomyces uvarum was investigated in the range 25–43°C. Using a mathematical model and a nonlinear computer simulation package, the kinetic parameters at each temperature were estimated. It was found that the optimal temperature for growth was 34°C, while the specific ethanol production rate was maximal at 37–43°C. Up to 37°C, the inhibitory effects of ethanol on growth and specific ethanol production rate were unaffected by temperature. However, above this temperature, ethanol inhibition increased significantly.
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