Mitchell, David A., Oscar F. von Meien, Nadia Krieger, Farah Diba H. Dalsenter. 2004. A review of recent developments in modeling of microbial growth kinetics and intraparticle phenomena in solid-state fermentation. Biochemical Engineering Journal. 17: 15–26.
Abstract: Mathematical models are important tools for optimizing the design and operation of solid-state fermentation (SSF) bioreactors. Such models must describe the kinetics of microbial growth, how this is affected by the environmental conditions and how this growth affects the environmental conditions. This is done at two levels of sophistication. In many bioreactor models the kinetics are described by simple empirical equations. However, other models that address the interaction of growth with intraparticle diffusion of enzymes, hydrolysis products and O2 with the use of mechanistic equations have also been proposed, and give insights into how these microscale processes can potentially limit the overall performance of a bioreactor. The current article reviews the advances that have been made in both the empirical- and mechanistic-type kinetic models and discusses the insights that have been achieved through the modeling work and the improvements to models that will be necessary in the future.
Keywords: solid-state fermentation; modeling; growth kinetics; diffusion-reaction; filamentous fungi; oxygen transfer
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