Poly(beta-hydroxybutyrate) production by a moderate halophile, Halomonas boliviensis LC1

Jorge Quillaguaman, Osvaldo Delgado, Bo Mattiasson, Rajni Hatti-Kaul

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The moderate halophile Halomonas boliviensis, isolated from a Bolivian saline soil sample, was able to accumulate poly(P-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) when grown under conditions of nutrient limitation and excess carbon source. The concentration of sodium chloride in the medium influenced the cell-growth, -size, and rate of PHB accumulation. Cultivation in shake flasks led to a PHB accumulation of about 54 wt.% with respect to cell dry weight at 4.5% (w/v) NaCl in a medium with butyric acid and sodium acetate as carbon sources. The production of PHB was substantially improved to a maximum value of 88 wt.% during cultivation under controlled conditions of pH and oxygen concentration in a fermentor. The use of glucose and sucrose, respectively, as carbon source could also lead to the production of PHB at an average level of 55 wt.%. (c) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-154
JournalEnzyme and Microbial Technology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Industrial Biotechnology


  • carbon source
  • poly(beta-hydroxybutyrate)
  • halonionas boliviensis
  • moderate halophile
  • (PHB) accumulation


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