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Screening of Bacteria for Lactic Acid Production from Whey Water

Vethakanraj Helen Shiphrah1, Sayanti Sahu1, Ashoke Ranjan Thakur2 and Shaon Ray Chaudhuri1
  • 1 West Bengal University of Technology, India
  • 2 Techno India University, India


Lactobacilli have the property of converting lactose and other sugars to lactic acid through fermentation. So whey water, the greenish translucent liquid rich in lactose, vitamins, proteins and mineral salts, obtained as a by-product after the precipitation of cheese can be used as a substrate for Lactobacilli for lactic acid production which otherwise is a serious environmental pollutant when disposed without pre-treatment. 16 isolates of Lactic acid producing bacteria isolated from various biological sources were inoculated in whey water (1% inoculum) and kept at 37°C in the shaker at a speed of 150 revolutions per minute for 36 h. Lactic acid production was estimated after 36 h and the strains 4a, 12a and 15b showed lactic acid production of which 12a produced the highest concentration. The amount of Lactic acid produced by 12a was 0.62 g L-1 under unadjusted condition which is comparable to previously reported strains in enriched medium. So the lactic acid production by strain 12a was further investigated to find the effect of pH and temperature on the production efficiency. Lactic acid production was also checked in Luria-Bertani broth and whey water was found to be the medium of choice for prolonged lactic acid production.

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Volume 9 No. 2, 2013, 118-123


Submitted On: 26 November 2012 Published On: 20 June 2013

How to Cite: Shiphrah, V. H., Sahu, S., Thakur, A. R. & Chaudhuri, S. R. (2013). Screening of Bacteria for Lactic Acid Production from Whey Water. American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 9(2), 118-123.

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  • Lactobacilli
  • Lactic Acid
  • Whey Water
  • Biological Oxygen Demand