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Efficient fermentation of Pinus sp. acid hydrolysates by an ethanologenic strain of Escherichia coli.

By M F Barbosa, M J Beck, J E Fein, D Potts and L O Ingram


Process conditions for the acid hydrolysis of pine hemicellulose and cellulose have been described which provide a biocompatible sugar solution. By using an improved strain of recombinant Escherichia coli, strain KO11, hydrolysates supplemented with yeast extract and tryptone nutrients were converted to ethanol with an efficiency of 85% to over 100% on the basis of monomer sugar content (approximately 72 g/liter) and with the production of 35 g of ethanol per liter in 48 h. In the process described, approximately 347 liters of ethanol could be produced per dry metric ton of lignocellulose

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1992
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