Isolation and characterization of bacterial strains with the ability to utilize high concentrations of levulinic acid, a platform chemical from inedible biomass

Hiroshi Habe, Shun Sato, Tomotake Morita, Tokuma Fukuoka, Kotaro Kirimura, Dai Kitamoto

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    Nineteen levulinic acid (LA)-utilizing bacteria were isolated from environmental samples. Following examination of the use of 80 g/L LA by some isolated strains, Brevibacterium epidermidis LA39-2 consumed 62.6 g/L LA following 8 days incubation. The strain also utilized both 90 and 100 g/L LA, with consumption ratio of 84.3 and 53.3%, respectively, after 10 days incubation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1552-1555
    Number of pages4
    JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 2015



    • Brevibacterium sp.
    • Levulinic acid
    • Lignocellulose
    • Rhodococcus sp

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biotechnology
    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular Biology
    • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry

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