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Electronic Journal of Biotechnology
Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
ISSN: 0717-3458
Vol. 7, No. 3, 2004, pp. 252-258
Bioline Code: ej04028
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Electronic Journal of Biotechnology, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2004, pp. 252-258

 en Improvement of SCP production and BOD removal of whey with mixed yeast culture
Moeini, Hassan; Nahvi, Iraj & Tavassoli, Manoochehr


This research emphasizes on single cell protein (SCP) production and Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) removal from whey with mixed yeast culture. For this purpose, 11 yeast strains were isolated from dairy products (M1-M11) and the strains were identified by morphological and physiological properties. These yeast strains were tested for their ability to reduce the BOD and to produce SCP from whey. Among these strains, K. lactis (M2) had the most SCP production from whey with the yield of 11.79 g/l. Ammonium sulphate as nitrogen source had an increasing effect on biomass yield. The mixed culture of the isolated yeast strains with Saccharomyces cerevisiae was used in order to increase the biomass yield and BOD removal. The highest biomass yield (22.38 g/l) and reduction of initial BOD from 30000 to 3450 mg/l were obtained with the mixed culture of K. lactis (M2) and S. cerevisiae.

b-galactosidase, BOD, Candida versatilis, Kluyveromyces lactis, Kluyveromyces marxianus, mixed culture, SCP, whey

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