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Lactic acid production from waste sugarcane bagasse derived cellulose

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Production of L(+)lactic acid from sugarcane bagasse cellulose, one of the abundant biomass materials available in India, was studied. The bagasse was chemically treated to obtain a purified bagasse cellulose sample, which is much more amenable to cellulase enzyme attack than bagasse itself. This sample, at high concentration (10%), was hydrolyzed by cellulase enzyme preparations (10 FPU g–1 cellulose) derived from mutants generated in our own laboratory. We obtained maximum hydrolysis (72%), yielding glucose and cellobiose as the main end products. Lactic acid was produced from this bagasse cellulose sample by simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) in a media containing a cellulase enzyme preparation derived from Penicillium janthinellum mutant EU1 and cellobiose utilizing Lactobacillus delbrueckii mutant Uc-3. A maximum lactic acid concentration of 67 g l–1 was produced from a concentration of 80 g l–1 of bagasse cellulose, the highest productivity and yield being 0.93 g l–1 h–1 and 0.83 g g–1, respectively. The mutant Uc-3 was found to utilize high concentrations of cellobiose (50 g l–1) and convert it into lactic acid in a homo-fermentative way. Considering that bagasse is a waste material available in abundance, we propose to valorize this biomass to produce cellulose and then sugars, which can be fermented to products such as ethanol and lactic acid.

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The article was received on 24 Apr 2006, accepted on 04 Oct 2006 and first published on 17 Oct 2006

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B605839F
Green Chem., 2007,9, 58-62

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    Lactic acid production from waste sugarcane bagasse derived cellulose

    M. G. Adsul, A. J. Varma and D. V. Gokhale, Green Chem., 2007, 9, 58
    DOI: 10.1039/B605839F

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