Selective production of lactic acid in continuous anaerobic acidogenesis by extremely low pH operation
The selective production of lactic acid by anaerobic acidogenesis with low pH control was examined using a chemostat culture. By decreasing culture pH to 3.5 in a chemostat culture containing mixed microbial populations for anaerobic acidogenesis, heterolactic fermentation became dominant, resulting in the selective production of lactic acid and ethanol. This phenomenon was reversible between the acidic and neutral conditions, and was not affected by the dilution rate. The extremely low pH operation was effective for selective lactic acid production in anaerobic acidogenesis.
Journal: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering - Volume 114, Issue 5, November 2012, Pages 537–539