Folia Microbiologica

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 249–259 | Cite as

Growth and physiology of a yeast cultivated in batch and continuous culture systems

  • Fayyaz A. Mian
  • A. Prokop
  • Z. Fencl


Inoculum size has been found to affect significantly the maximum attainable specific growth rate during batch cultivation ofCandida utilis. Lower inoculum size resulted in an increased growth rate and relatively longer lag. The culture is found to be most active in the beginning of the exponential phase as regards its RNA synthesis rate. Batch data were used for predicting the conditions of the yeast population in single-stage continuous culture system. Predicted and the experimental values showed a reasonable agreement. In single-stage chemostat the physiology of the yeast was studied on the basis RNA, DNA and protein synthesis rates at various growth rates. The results indicate that the productivity of cells and the rate of synthesis of macromolecules is highest at the dilution rate values of 0.33 to 0.35 hr−1. In order to attain so-called unrestricted conditions of growth a pluristage pluristream continuous system was employed. It is assumed that under such conditions the specific growth rate and the synthetic activity of yeasts may reach its maximum on a given medium. The results presented do not show such conditions of growth under the experimental conditions employed (D 1=0.35 hr−1 andD 2=0.2 to 1.7 hr−1) withCandida utilis cultivated on beet molasses medium. Second stage of a two-stage two-stream continuous system is constantly fed with the cells from the foregoing stage; this category of cells on entering the new conditions of the second stage is expected to show some adaptation period. Experiments are reported to this effect.


Specific Growth Rate Dilution Rate Continuous Culture Inoculum Size Maximum Specific Growth Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fayyaz A. Mian
    • 1
  • A. Prokop
    • 1
  • Z. Fencl
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Technical Microbiology, Institute of MicrobiologyCzechoslovak Academy of SciencesPrague 4

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