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Production of Medium Chain Length Polyhydroxyalkanoates From Oleic Acid Using Pseudomonas putida PGA1 by Fed Batch Culture

Sidik Marsudi 1 , Irene K. P. Tan 2 , Seng-Neon Gan 3 , K. B. Ramachandran 4


  1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Indonesia Institute of Technology, Serpong, Tangerang, Indonesia
  2. Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  3. Department of Chemistry, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  4. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Abstract: Bacterial polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are a class of p0lymers currently receiving much attention because of their potential as renewable and biodegradable plastics. A wide variety of bacteria has been reported to produce PHAs including Pseudomonas strains. These strains are known as versatile medium chain length PHAs (PHAs-mcl) producers using fatty acids as carbon source. Oleic acid was used to produce PHAs-mcl using Pseudomonas putida PGA 1 by continuous feeding of both nitrogen and carbon source, in a fed batch culture. During cell growth, PHAs also accumulated, indicating that PHA production in this organism is growth associated. Residual cell increased until the nitrogen source was depleted. At the end of fermentation, final cell concentration, PHA content, and roductivity were 30.2 g/L, 44.8 % of cell dry weight, and 0.188 g/l/h, respectively.
Keywords: Biodegradable plastics, medium-chain-length polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs-mcl), oleic acid, Pseudomonas putida PGA 1, fed batch fermentation
Published at: Vol 11, No 1 (2007) pages: 1-4

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