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Formation of Short-Chain Fatty Acids from H2 and CO2 by a Mixed Culture of Bacteria

Authors
  • I. Goldberg
  • C. L. Cooney
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1981
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Biology
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Abstract

The biological utilization of CO2 and H2 for the formation of short-chain fatty acids was studied by using a mixed culture of bacteria. Optimization of a medium was carried out in continuous culture to identify limiting factors which controlled growth and production of organic acids. The optimal pH for growth and acid production was 7.0 at 37°C; the maximal cell concentration obtained was 5.9 g of cells per liter (dry weight), and the maximal amount of volatile acids formed was 4.7 g/liter, with acetic acid as the predominant acid. With the optimized medium, it was found that the rate of transfer of hydrogen or carbon dioxide, or both, from gas to liquid was the limiting factor which controlled growth and production of acids.

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