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Intracellular biopolymer productions using mixed microbial cultures from fermented POME

Ujang, Zaini and Salim, Mohd. Razman and Md. Din, Mohd. Fadhil (2007) Intracellular biopolymer productions using mixed microbial cultures from fermented POME. In: International Conference on Water Management and Technology Applications in Developing Countries,, 14-16 May 2007, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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This study aimed to produce polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) from organic wastes by mixed bacterial cultures using anaerobic-aerobic fermentation systems. Palm oil mill effluent (POME) was used as an organic source, which was cultivated in a two-step-process of acidogenesis and acid polymerization. POME was operated in a continuous flow anaerobic reactor to access volatile fatty acids (VFAs) for PHAs production. During fermentation, VFA concentration was produced in the range of 5 to 8 g/L and the COD concentration reduced up to 80% from 65 g/L. The VFA from anaerobic fermentation was then utilised for PHA production using a mixed culture in availability of aerobic bioreactor. Production of PHAs was recorded high when using a high volume of substrates because of the higher VFA concentration. Even though the maximum PHA content was observed at only 40% of the cell dried weight (CDW), their production and performance are significant in mixed microbial culture.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:biopolymer, microbial cultures, POME
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions:Civil Engineering
ID Code:22003
Deposited On:23 Feb 2012 07:48
Last Modified:06 Sep 2017 07:01

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