Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 47–61 | Cite as

Potential of using a single fermenter for biomass build-up, starch hydrolysis, and ethanol production

Solid state fermentation system involvingSchwanniomyces castellii
  • G. Saucedo-Castañeda
  • B. K. Lonsane
  • J. M. Navarro
  • S. Rogssos
  • M. Raimbault


Data on conversion of starch on biomass and ethanol bySchwanniomyces castellii in an aerobic-anaerobic solid state fermentation is reported.Schwanniomyces castellii grew exponentially in the aerobic phase (12 h) and simultaneously hydrolyzed nearly half (55%) of the starch initially present. The accumulation of glucose increased up to 12 h, whereas maltose was nearly absent beyond 7 h. Shift of metabolism from oxidative to fermentative pattern was observed about 10 h as a result of the build-up of CO2 level and faster utilization of O2. The ethanol production in the anaerobic phase reached the level of 89.3 mg ethanol/g initial dry matter by the end of 30 h. A total of 92.9% of the starch is utilized during the fermentation. The overall ethanol conversion yields are 57.8% of the theoretical value, whereas in the anaerobic phase it was found to be 94.4%. The cell shape, its morphology, and the type of attachment to the solid support were found to be similar in aerobic and anaerobic phases of fermentation. Data given in this work indicate the feasibility of using one single fermenter for aerobic growth to generate inoculum as well as to simultaneously hydrolyze the starch and subsequent anaerobic fermentation to produce ethanol.

Index Entries

Schwcmniomyces castellii ethanol production solid state fermentation column fermenter inert solid support pith bagasse biomass build-up starch hydrolysis growth characteristics aerobic and anaerobic phases 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Saucedo-Castañeda
    • 1
  • B. K. Lonsane
    • 2
  • J. M. Navarro
    • 3
  • S. Rogssos
    • 4
  • M. Raimbault
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyAutonomous Metropolitan UniversityMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Fermentation Technology and Bioengineering DisciplineCentral Food Technological Research InstituteMysoreIndia
  3. 3.Microbiologie Industrielle GBSAUniversité Montpeller IIMontpellierFrance
  4. 4.Centre de Montpellier, Biotechnology UnitORSTOMMontpellier Cédex 1France

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