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Development and benefit evaluation of fermentation strategies for poly(malic acid) production from malt syrup by Aureobasidium melanogenum GXZ-6

Zeng, Wei, Zhang, Bin, Li, Mengxuan, Ding, Su, Chen, Guiguang, Liang, Zhiqun
Bioresource technology 2019 v.274 pp. 479-487
Aureobasidium, batch fermentation, citrates, economics, fermenters, malates, malt, maltose, syrups
Malt syrup, as a low-cost substrate without any pretreatment, was proved to be able to replace maltose for ploymalic acid (PMA) production by Aureobasidium melanogenum GXZ-6. The PMA titer of 55.53 ± 1.72 g/L was obtained by batch fermentation in a 10-L fermentor with addition of malate, citrate and sodium malonate. Then, a higher PMA titer of 124.07 ± 2.28 g/L was obtained in fed-batch fermentation, which increased by 123.43% than that from batch fermentation. Moreover, repeated-batch fermentation with three batches gave a PMA titer of 64.06 g/L on average with a higher yield of 0.81 g/g and productivity of 0.56 g/L·h. Fermentation process and economics analysis were performed by SuperPro Designer for a 2000 metric tons plant. Results showed that PMA production cost was as low as $ 1.716/kg by fed-batch fermentation, which provides an economical strategy for large-scale PMA production.