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Issue 5, 2003
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Microbial production of poly(hydroxyalkanoate)s from waste edible oils

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The biosynthesis of poly(3-hydroxyalkanoate) (PHA) from waste edible oils and tallow by Ralstonia eutropha was investigated. Waste plant oils as well as waste tallow were assimilated and successfully converted to PHA with relatively high yield by the bacterial fermentation. The waste plant oils usually gave poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) while waste tallow gave poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV). The ratio of 3-hydroxyvalerate (3HV) unit in the copolyester was controlled by the addition of sodium propionate to the cultivation medium containing waste plant oils as carbon sources. The ratio of PHA accumulated was also quite high and up to 80% of the cell dry weight. The PHA accumulated was easily isolated by simply mixing the cells in aqueous sodium hypochlorite without using any organic solvents. We propose herein the biorecycling of waste oils as renewable resources for sustainable society.

Graphical abstract: Microbial production of poly(hydroxyalkanoate)s from waste edible oils

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The article was received on 29 Apr 2003 and first published on 22 Jul 2003

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B304800B
Citation: Green Chem., 2003,5, 545-548
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    Microbial production of poly(hydroxyalkanoate)s from waste edible oils

    I. Taniguchi, K. Kagotani and Y. Kimura, Green Chem., 2003, 5, 545
    DOI: 10.1039/B304800B

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