Hydrolysis of olive mill waste to enhance rhamnolipids and surfactin production

IM Ramírez, DA Vaz, Ibrahim M Banat, Roger Marchant, EJ Alameda, MG Román

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The aim of this work was to demonstrate the effectiveness of hydrolysis pretreatment of olive mill (OMW) waste before use as a carbon source in biosurfactant production by fermentation. Three hydrolysis methods were assessed: enzymatic hydrolysis, acid pretreatment plus enzymatic hydrolysis, and acid hydrolysis. Fermentation was carried out using two bacterial species: Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Bacillus subtilis. Our results showed that the enzymatic hydrolysis was the best pretreatment, yielding up to 29.5 and 13.7 mg/L of rhamnolipids and surfactins respectively. Glucose did not show significant differences in comparison to enzymatically hydrolysed OMW. At the best conditions found rhamnolipids and surfactins reached concentrations of 299 and 26.5 mg/L; values considerably higher than those obtained with non-hydrolysed OMW. In addition, enzymatic pretreatment seemed to partially reduce the inhibitory effects of OMW on surfactin production. Therefore, enzymatic hydrolysis proved to effectively increase the productivity of these biosurfactants using OMW as the sole carbon source.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
JournalBioresource Technology
Early online date13 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished online - 13 Jan 2016


  • Hydrolysis
  • olive mill waste
  • rhamnolipids
  • surfactin
  • biosurfactanta


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