Reaction engineering analysis of cellulase production with Trichoderma reesei RUT-C30 with intermittent substrate supply

Christoph Bendig, Dirk Weuster-Botz

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Abstract

The effects of varying initial concentrations of microcrystalline cellulose on cellulase production with Trichoderma reesei RUT-C30 as well as the effects of varying lactose and ammonium sulfate concentrations in the feed medium were studied simultaneously in parallel-operated shake flasks and, alternatively, in parallel-operated stirred-tank bioreactors on a 10-mL scale. Fifteen experiments were performed as triplicates in shake flasks as well as in stirred-tank bioreactors in parallel to identify the parameters of second-order polynomials for the estimation of the final filter paper activity of T. reesei RUT-C30 after a process time of 96 h. Even though parameter estimation was not possible based on the results of the shake flasks due to final enzyme activities at or below the detection limit (with the exception of one shake flask), the identification of the second-order polynomial was successful with the results of the parallel-operated stirred-tank bioreactors on a 10-mL scale. Reaction conditions with 53.3 g L-1 microcrystalline cellulose in the initial medium, no lactose feeding and 3.3 g L-1 day-1 intermittent ammonium sulfate addition were estimated to be optimal. The final experimental validation of the optimum substrate supply on a L-scale resulted in the production of 4.88 filter paper units (FPU) mL-1 with T. reesei RUT-C30 after 96 h. This is an improvement by a factor of 3.6 compared to the reference batch process (1.35 FPU mL-1).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)893-900
Number of pages8
JournalBioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
Volume36
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2013

Keywords

  • Cellulase production
  • Fed-batch process
  • High throughput bioprocess development
  • Trichoderma reesei

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