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Stoutenburg, R. M., Perrotta, J. A., Amidon, T. E., and Nakas, J. P. (2008). "Ethanol production from a membrane purified hemicellulosic hydrolysate derived from sugar maple by Pichia stipitis NRRL Y-7124," BioRes. 3(4), 1349-1358.


In an effort to devise inexpensive and sustainable production of ethanol fuel, experiments were conducted to establish conditions for Pichia stipitis NRRL Y-7124 to ferment a membrane treated wood hydrolysate derived from sugar maple to produce ethanol. The degree of aeration required to effectively utilize xylose, produce ethanol, and minimize xylitol formation as well as the optimal hydrolysate concentration were the conditions examined. P. stipitis produced the highest concentrations of ethanol in shake flasks at 150 rpm (14.3 g/L in 71 h), and 50% hydrolysate maximized ethanol yield (12.4 g/L in 51.5 h). In the 50% hydrolysate cultures, P. stipitis produced ethanol at a rate of 0.24 g/L×h with a yield of 0.41 g ethanol/g wood-derived carbohydrate.
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