Chemical and Biological Engineering, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Center for Crops Utilization Research
Journal or Book Title
Biochemical Engineering Journal
Fatty-acyl-glutamate (FA-Glu), a surfactin variant has been successfully produced using a genetically modified strain of Bacillus subtilis grown on glucose. However, yields with soybean hulls (SBH) replacing glucose were lower. This work was undertaken to reduce the yield loss when using SBH as the carbon source and to evaluate two other soy by-products, namely fiber and skim from aqueous oil extraction as alternative carbon and nitrogen sources.
Fermentation of soybean hulls, fibers and skim at various concentrations produced lower FA-Glu titers compared to S-7 medium. Neither increasing their amount nor supplementing with glucose increased the FA-Glu titer, suggesting the presence of an inhibitor in these feedstocks. By using a mixture of polysaccharide-degrading enzymes, over 65% of SBH solids were converted to soluble carbohydrates. FA-Glu titers obtained from SBH hydrolysates containing residual hull solids were still low; however, with the removal of the solids, cell growth improved and FA-Glu yield was 60% higher than with glucose. Thus, this low-cost material can be converted to a substrate for production of FA-Glu biosurfactant. Unmodified fiber and skim components of aqueous oil extraction were not beneficial.
Marti, Mustafa E.; Colonna, William J.; Modular Genetics Inc.; Modular Genetics Inc.; Modular Genetics Inc.; Lamsal, Buddhi P.; and Glatz, Charles E., "Production of fatty-acyl-glutamate biosurfactant by Bacillus subtilis on soybean co-products" (2015). Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications. 310.