A novel milliliter-scale chemostat system for parallel cultivation of microorganisms in stirred-tank bioreactors

Andreas Schmideder, Timm Steffen Severin, Johannes Heinrich Cremer, Dirk Weuster-Botz

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Abstract

A pH-controlled parallel stirred-tank bioreactor system was modified for parallel continuous cultivation on a 10. mL-scale by connecting multichannel peristaltic pumps for feeding and medium removal with micro-pipes (250. μm inner diameter). Parallel chemostat processes with Escherichia coli as an example showed high reproducibility with regard to culture volume and flow rates as well as dry cell weight, dissolved oxygen concentration and pH control at steady states (. n=. 8, coefficient of variation <5%). Reliable estimation of kinetic growth parameters of E. coli was easily achieved within one parallel experiment by preselecting ten different steady states. Scalability of milliliter-scale steady state results was demonstrated by chemostat studies with a stirred-tank bioreactor on a liter-scale. Thus, parallel and continuously operated stirred-tank bioreactors on a milliliter-scale facilitate timesaving and cost reducing steady state studies with microorganisms. The applied continuous bioreactor system overcomes the drawbacks of existing miniaturized bioreactors, like poor mass transfer and insufficient process control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biotechnology
Volume210
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • Chemostat
  • Escherichia coli
  • Growth kinetics
  • Miniaturized stirred-tank bioreactors
  • Scale-up

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