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Title: Immobilized yeast cell systems for continuous fermentation applications
Authors: Verbelen, Pieter ×
De Schutter, David
Delvaux, Filip
Verstrepen, Kevin
Delvaux, Freddy #
Issue Date: Sep-2006
Series Title: Biotechnology letters vol:28 issue:19 pages:1515-25
Abstract: In several yeast-related industries, continuous fermentation systems offer important economical advantages in comparison with traditional systems. Fermentation rates are significantly improved, especially when continuous fermentation is combined with cell immobilization techniques to increase the yeast concentration in the fermentor. Hence the technique holds a great promise for the efficient production of fermented beverages, such as beer, wine and cider as well as bio-ethanol. However, there are some important pitfalls, and few industrial-scale continuous systems have been implemented. Here, we first review the various cell immobilization techniques and reactor setups. Then, the impact of immobilization on cell physiology and fermentation performance is discussed. In a last part, we focus on the practical use of continuous fermentation and cell immobilization systems for beer production.
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ISSN: 0141-5492
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Food and Microbial Technology
Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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