Solid State Fermentation: Fundamentals and Application

  • A. M. SantiagoEmail author
  • L. S. Conrado
  • B. C. A. Mélo
  • C. A. B. Sousa
  • P. L. Oliveira
  • F. C. S. Lima
Part of the Advanced Structured Materials book series (STRUCTMAT, volume 48)


This chapter deals with the solid state fermentation theme, divided into two main parts: the first part presents information about the technology in solid state fermentation (SSF), emphasizing their definitions, advantages and disadvantages, the factors that influence this process, and the second part is about an experimental study using this technique in the production of pectinolytic enzymes. This experimental study evaluated the potential of dehydrated guava bark used as substrate in the production of the exo-polygalacturonase enzyme, obtained through solid state fermentation, using the microorganism Aspergillus niger as the fermenting agent. In this study, it was verified the influence of the initial moisture of the medium and the concentration of an additional source of nitrogen, at a process temperature of 30 °C, having as response the enzymatic activity. The experimental work showed that the maximum production of the enzyme was detected with initial moisture of the culture medium of 50 % (wb) and source concentration of nitrogen of 1.0 %, reaching a peak of activity of 12.64 U/g at 30 h of fermentation.


Pectinase Guava peel Fermentation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Santiago
    • 1
    Email author
  • L. S. Conrado
    • 2
  • B. C. A. Mélo
    • 3
  • C. A. B. Sousa
    • 4
  • P. L. Oliveira
    • 2
  • F. C. S. Lima
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Chemical, Center of Science and TechnologyState University of Paraiba (UEPB)Campina GrandeBrazil
  2. 2.Academic Unit of Chemical EngineeringFederal University of Campina GrandeCampina GrandeBrazil
  3. 3.Science and Technology Federal Institute of EducationIF Sertão-PECampus PetrolinaBrazil
  4. 4.Post-Graduate in Process Engineering, Center of Science and TechnologyFederal University of Campina GrandeCampina GrandeBrazil
  5. 5.Science and TechnologyFederal Institute of Education – IFET/PECampus Belo JardimBrazil

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