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FERMENTATION PROCESS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF ORGANIC ACIDS

United States Patent Application

20130130339
A1
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This invention relates to improvements in the fermentation process used in the production of organic acids from biological feedstock using bacterial catalysts. The improvements in the fermentation process involve providing a fermentation medium comprising an appropriate form of inorganic carbon, an appropriate amount of aeration and a biocatalyst with an enhanced ability to uptake and assimilate the inorganic carbon into the organic acids. This invention also provides, as a part of an integrated fermentation facility, a novel process for producing a solid source of inorganic carbon by sequestering carbon released from the fermentation in an alkali solution.
Hermann, Theron (Arlington, MA), Reinhardt, James (Columbus, OH), Yu, Xiaohui (Woburn, MA), Udani, Russell (Somerville, MA), Staples, Lauren (Wilmington, MA)
Myriant Corporation (Quincy MA)
13/ 812,886
July 30, 2011
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT [0002] The invention was made with United States government support under a contract awarded from the US Department of Energy under Award Number DE-EE0002878/001. The United States government has certain rights in the invention.