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Facilitation of l-Lactic Acid Fermentation by Lignocellulose Biomass Rich in Vitamin B Compounds.

Journal of agricultural and food chemistry (2019-06-15)
Xushen Han, Li Li, Chengxiang Wei, Jian Zhang, Jie Bao
ABSTRACT

Vitamins are important nutrients for many fermentations, but they are generally costly. Agricultural lignocellulose biomass contains considerable amounts of vitamin B compounds, but these water-soluble vitamins are easily lost into wastewater discharge during pretreatment or detoxification of lignocellulose in biorefinery processes. Here, we showed that the dry acid pretreatment and biodetoxification process allowed the preservation of significant amounts of vitamin B, which promoted l-lactic acid fermentation efficiency significantly. Supplementation with specific vitamin B compounds, VB3 and VB5, into corn stover hydrolysate led to further increases of cellulosic l-lactic acid yield and fermentation rates. This study provided a new solution for the enhancement of biorefinery fermentation efficiency by using vitamin B compounds in lignocellulose biomass.