Applied microbiology and biotechnology

The generation of high biomass from chlororespiring bacteria using a continuous fed-batch bioreactor.

PMID 15179526


A continuous fed-batch reactor system was developed to rapidly obtain dense chlororespiring cultures of Anaeromyxobacter dehalogenans strain 2CP-C. A syringe pump continuously delivered concentrated 2,6-dichlorophenol (50-150 mM) to an anaerobic reactor vessel at a rate that sustained linear growth but prevented the substrate toxicity of chlorophenol. Dechlorination was not significantly inhibited by end product phenol up to 8 mM. A cell density of 76.8 mg protein l(-1) was obtained in 24 h. Specific growth rates averaged 0.033 h(-1)at 50% substrate limitation, which was in agreement with the maximum specific growth rate of 0.068 h(-1). This reactor system provides an efficient, cost-effective, and convenient method to rapidly obtain dense dechlorinating biomass and is promising to accelerate investigations of enzymes involved in chlororespiration.

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