produce biodegradable polymers, such as poly–lactic acid (PLA). In this work, an efficient fermentative process
for LA production was developed using potato processing waste (PPW) hydrolysate with Lactobacillus pentosus.
After optimization and kinetics studies, LA production reached 150 g/L with a productivity of 1.6 g/L.h in
Erlenmeyer flasks. LA production was also conducted in STR where 110 g/L were reached with a productivity of
2.4 g/L.h. LA recovery consisted of a clarification step, with powdered activated carbon, with further precipitation
at low temperature and acidification of calcium lactate for conversion to LA. The process was effective for
contaminants’ removal and clarification, and LA concentration to 416 g/L. Good perspectives for LA production,
recovery and clarification were observed. Future studies will be carried out for LA purification and polymerization
for PLA synthesis.
- Calcium lactate
- Lactic acid
- Lactobacillus pentosus
- Potato processing waste
- Stirred tank reactor