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Lactic acid production from cane molasses

  • Aladár Vidra , András József Tóth and Áron Németh EMAIL logo


Molasses, a by-product of the sugar manufacturing process, generally comprises approximately 50% (w/w) of total sugars, but it is currently used primarily [1] as an animal feed and as a raw material in alcohol production. Currently, the sugar production is more than 160 million tones worldwide. Its byproduct molasses contain heavy metals which have growthinhibitory effect. The main sugar content in molasses is sucrose which often need to be hydrolyzed to glucose and fructose especially for utilization by Lactobacillus species. Lactobacillus species can convert sugar content to lactic acid with great efficiency, which is a valuable chemical. Lactic acid production from sugar molasses using batch fermentations with Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus sp. MKT878 were investigated in this study. Results showed, that both examined Lactobacillus species could grow on molasses despite the heavy metals inhibitory effects. The conversion of sugar content to lactic acid was successful with yield between 55-80 g/g.


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Received: 2017-5-10
Accepted: 2017-6-6
Published Online: 2017-12-7
Published in Print: 2017-12-20

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