Optimization of process parameters and fermentation strategy for xylanase production in a stirred tank reactor using a mutant Aspergillus nidulans strain.

Research paper by Asmaa A Abdella, Fernando F Segato, Mark R MR Wilkins

Indexed on: 19 May '20Published on: 19 May '20Published in: Biotechnology Reports


The present work studied the optimization of aeration rate, agitation rate and oxygen transfer and the use of various batch fermentation strategies for xylanase production from a recombinant strain in a 3 L stirred tank reactor. Maximum xylanase production of 1250 U/mL with productivity of 313 U/mL/day was obtained under an aeration rate of 2 vvm and an agitation rate of 400 rpm using batch fermentation. The optimum volumetric oxygen transfer coefficient (ka) for efficient xylanase production was found to be 38.6 h. Fed batch mode and repeated batch fermentation was also performed with ka was 38.6 h. Xylanase enzyme productivity increased to 327 with fed batch fermentation and 373 U/mL/day with repeated batch fermentation. Also, maximum xylanase activity increased to 1410 U/mL with fed batch fermentation and 1572 U/mL with repeated batch fermentation. © 2020 The Authors.