Production of Polyhydroxyalkanoates from Hydrolysed Rapeseed Meal by Haloferax mediterranei

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Rapeseed meal (RSM) hydrolysate is a potential low-cost feedstock for the production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) by the archaea, Haloferax mediterranei. Acidic and enzymatic hydrolysis were carried out to compare effectiveness. Enzymatic hydrolysis is more effective than acidic hydrolysis for fermentation substrate leading to increased PHA productivity. H. mediterranei didn’t grow or produce PHA when acid hydrolysed RSM medium was present in proportions greater than 25% (vol.), potentially due to the effect of inhibitors such as furfural, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), etc. However, H. mediterranei was able to grow and produce PHA when using enzymatically hydrolysed RSM medium. The maximum PHA concentration of 0.512 g/L was found at 75% (vol.) in enzymatic RSM hydrolysate medium. The biopolymer obtained had improved thermal and mechanical properties compared to PHB homopolymer. RSM’s potential as a low-cost alternative feedstock for improved PHA production under non-sterile conditions was successfully demonstrated, and its usage should be further explored.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBioresource Technology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 Jul 2023


  • Haloferax mediterranei
  • Rapeseed meal
  • Fermentation
  • Polyhydroxyalkanoates
  • Hydrolysis


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