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Title: Production of calcium gluconate by fermentation*
Authors: Tripathi, C K M
Rastogi, Smita
Bihari, Vinod
Basu, S K
Issue Date: Jul-1999
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Calcium gluconate production by Aspergillus niger was investigated in shake flask, rolling shaker, air-lift reactor and stirred reactor. Growth pattern of the organism and fermentation conditions determined the yield of the product. High calcium gluconate production was achieved in air-lift reactor with pellet form of cell growth at moderate specific growth rate and biomass concentration. In another variation of air-lift reactor, when calcium carbonate was confined to a cellulose membrane, calcium gluconate production was maximum (149 g/L). At higher specific growth rate, obtained in shake flask, despite the formation of cell pellets, product formation was low. Physical separation of particulate calcium carbonate and growing cells favoured product formation. In stirred reactor pulpy mycelial growth was obtained and calcium gluconate production was poor.
Page(s): 731-733
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJEB Vol.37(07) [July 1999]

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