INSTITUTO DE TECNOLOGIA EN POLIMEROS Y NANOTECNOLOGIA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Bioproduction of carotenoid compounds using two-phase olive mill waste as the substrate
CARELLI, A .A.; CARELLI, A .A.; GONZALEZ, M.T.; GONZALEZ, M.T.; BORRONI, M.V.; BORRONI, M.V.
PROCESS BIOCHEMISTRY - (Print)
ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2017 p. 128 - 134
The olive oil production process by the two-phase centrifugal system generates a waste named ?alperujo?, which has a high percentage of water (65%) and contains phenolic compounds. These compounds are phytotoxic and pollute the soil and waterways, hindering the disposal of the alperujo. However, a diverse microbiota with biotechnological applications, such as the carotene-producing bacteria Microbacterium sp., was isolated from these wastes. The aim of this work was to evaluate the ability of an aqueous extract from alperujo (AE) to sustain the growth and carotene production of Microbacterium sp. in an attempt to valorize this waste. An inverse relationship between Microbacterium sp. growth and carotene production and AE concentration was observed. The bacterial growth was accompanied by a decrease in nitrogen, total sugar and glucose levels. In addition, total polyphenol content decreased, whereas pH and A395 nm of the AE increased. These results demonstrate that AE can be used as a substrate for carotene production, being an alternative strategy for alperujo valorization.