Non-sterile fermentation of food waste with indigenous consortium and yeast – Effects on microbial community and product spectrum

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This work presents examples of non-sterile mixed culture fermentation of food waste with a cultivated indigenous consortium (IC) gained from food waste, which produces lactic and acetic acids, combined with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which produces ethanol. All results are flanked by microbial analysis to monitor changes in microbial community. At pH 6 and inoculated with yeast or IC, or both mixed sugars conversion was equal to 71%, 51%, or 67%, respectively. Under pH unregulated conditions metabolic yields were 71%, 67%, or up to 81%. While final titer of acetic acid was not affected by pH (100–200 mM), ethanol and lactic acid titers were. Using mixed culture and pH 6, sugars were almost equally used for formation of ethanol and lactic acid (400–500 mM). However, under pH unregulated conditions 80% of the substrate was converted into ethanol (900–1000 mM).

Original languageEnglish
Article number123175
JournalBioresource Technology
Publication statusPublished - 01.06.2020

    Research areas

  • Acetic acid, Enterococcus spp., Ethanol, Lactic acid, Mixed fermentation, Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Chemistry