Kinetic Behavior of Candida guilliermondii Yeast during Xylitol Production from Brewer's Spent Grain Hemicellulosic Hydrolysate

Solange I. Mussatto, Giuliano Dragone, Inês Conceicao Roberto

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Brewer’s spent grain, the main byproduct of breweries, was hydrolyzed with dilute sulfuric acid to produce a hemicellulosic hydrolysate (containing xylose as the main sugar). The obtained hydrolysate was used as cultivation medium by Candida guilliermondii yeast in the raw form (containing 20 g/L xylose) and after concentration(85 g/L xylose), and the kinetic behavior of the yeast during xylitol production was evaluated in both media. Assays in semisynthetic media were also performed to compare the yeast performance in media without toxic compounds. According to the results, the kinetic behavior of the yeast cultivated in raw hydrolysate was as effective as in semisynthetic medium containing 20 g/L xylose. However, in concentrated hydrolysate medium, the xylitol production efficiency was 30.6% and 42.6% lower than in raw hydrolysate and semisynthetic medium containing 85 g/L xylose, respectively.In other words, the xylose-to-xylitol bioconversion from hydrolysate medium was strongly affected when the initial xylose concentration was increased; however, similar behavior did not occur from semisynthetic media. The lowest efficiency of xylitol production from concentrated hydrolysate can be attributed to the high concentration of toxic compounds present in this medium, resulting from the hydrolysate concentration process.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBiotechnology Progress
Pages (from-to)1352-1356
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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