Influence of Kluyveromyces lactis and Enterococcus faecalis on Obtaining Lactic Acid by Cheese Whey Fermentation

Carlos Gordillo-Andia, Jonathan Almirón, Jaime E. Barreda-Del-Carpio, Francine Roudet, Danny Tupayachy-Quispe, María Vargas

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Featured Application: In this work, cheese whey, which is a by-product of the cheese industry, was used to obtain lactic acid by biotechnological processes (using strains isolated from the same cheese whey). Lactic acid has several uses in the cosmetic, food, medical, textile, and manufacturing industries. Therefore, while lactic acid can have multiple uses, we want to use it as a raw material for biopolymers for the manufacturing of bioplastics in future research. Cheese whey is a byproduct of the cheese industry that causes high levels of pollution in the environment, but its high lactose content means that it can be used as a source to obtain lactic acid. In this study, two strains, one belonging to a yeast and the other one to a bacteria (Kluyveromyces lactis and Enterococcus faecalis), were isolated from cheese whey and molecularly characterized, and the optimal growth conditions were determined. Then, using proteinized and deproteinized cheese whey, batch fermentation was carried out with the strains arranged in suspension and immobilized. The consumption of lactose and the production of lactic acid were measured through Brix degrees and acidity analysis. Afterwards, the lactic acid was purified, and its yield and physical and chemical characteristics were determined. It was proven that there were differences between each of the strains; arranged in free or encapsulated cells, the proteinized and deproteinized cheese wheys, under the same purification conditions, achieved different yields, colors, and densities of lactic acid. Immobilized Enterococcus faecalis had the highest yield (50.61 ± 34.94 g/L) using the deproteinized cheese whey compared to the immobilized Kluyveromyces lactis (35.70 ± 0.15 g/L) using the proteinized cheese whey.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo4649
PublicaciónApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
EstadoPublicada - jun. 2024


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