Preparation and performance of immobilized yeast cells in columns containing no inert carrier.


Journal Article

Schizosaccharomyces pombe was cultivated in a medium of glucose (10 g/L) malt extract (3 g/L), yeast extract (3 g/L), and bactopeptone (5 g/L) to form flocs. More than 95% of the cell population were flocculated. Variation in glucose concentration (from 10 to 100 g/L) did not affect flocculation. Yeast extract helped induce flocculation. Application of the immobilized yeast for the continuous production of ethanol was tested in a column reactor. Soft yeast flocs (50-200 mesh) underwent morphological changes to heavy particles (0.1-0.3 cm diameter) after continuously being fed with fresh substrates in the column. Productivity as high as 87 g EtOH L(-1) h(-1) was obtained when a 150 g/L glucose medium was fed. The performance of this yeast reactor was stable over a two-month period. The ethanol yield was 97% of the theoretical maximum based upon glucose consumed.

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Cited Authors

  • Hsiao, HY; Chiang, LC; Yang, CM; Chen, LF; Tsao, GT

Published Date

  • February 1, 1983

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 363 - 375

PubMed ID

  • 18548657

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18548657

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-0290

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-3592

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/bit.260250206


  • eng