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Animal Bone Char Solubilization with Itaconic Acid Produced by Free and Immobilized Aspergillus terreus Grown on Glycerol-Based Medium.
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PMID:  22956279     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Cells of Aspergillus terreus, free and immobilized in polyurethane foam, were employed in itaconic acid fermentation processes on glycerol-based media. The purpose was to assess their suitability for animal bone char solubilization and the development of a biotechnological alternative to P fertilizers chemically produced from rock phosphate. Animal bones constitute a renewable source of P that can replace the traditionally used finite, nonrenewable rock phosphate as a P source. Glycerol was an excellent substrate for growth (10.2 g biomass L(-1)) and itaconic acid production (26.9 g L(-1)) by free fungal cells after 120-h fermentation. Simultaneously, A. terreus solubilized the insoluble phosphate to a yield of 23 to 50 %, depending on the particle size and concentration. Polyurethane foam cut into cubes of 0.5-0.6 cm per side, with 0.3 mm pore size and applied at 2.0 g L(-1) proved to be an excellent cell carrier. In repeated batch fermentation, the immobilized mycelium showed a high capacity to solubilize animal bone char, which resulted on average in 168.8 mg L(-1) soluble phosphate per 48-h cycle and 59.4 % yield (percent of total phosphate) registered in the fourth batch.
Nikolay Vassilev; Almudena Medina; Bettina Eichler-Löbermann; Elena Flor-Peregrín; Maria Vassileva
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Applied biochemistry and biotechnology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1559-0291     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl. Biochem. Biotechnol.     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-9-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8208561     Medline TA:  Appl Biochem Biotechnol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Sciences, University of Granada, c/Fuentenueva s/n, Granada, 18071, Spain,
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