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Everest Akaraonye, Catalina Moreno, Jonathan C. Knowles, Tajalli Keshavarz and Dr. Ipsita Roy Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) production by Bacillus cereus SPV using sugarcane molasses as the main carbon source Biotechnology Journal 7

Version of Record online: 7 DEC 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/biot.201100122

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Sugarcane molasses are a promising carbon source for an economical and commercially viable production of P(3HB). The main hindrance in the use of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) as a replacement for existing petroleum-based plastics is their high production cost. In this study, the authors investigate the use of an agricultural raw material, sugarcane molasses, as the main carbon source for poly (3-hydroxybutyrate) (P(3HB)) production by Bacillus cereus SPV. The polymer yield was 50% higher than previously reported with the same organism.

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