Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Vol.190, No.1, 113-128, 2020
Definition of Liquid and Powder Cellulase Formulations Using Domestic Wastewater in Bubble Column Reactor
Raw domestic wastewater was used as a culture medium for cellulase production in a bubble column reactor (6.2 U-FP/mL, 64.6 U/L h) using the strain Trichoderma harzianum TRIC03-LPBII. Cellulases presented optimum pH and temperature between 4 and 5 and 50 and 70 degrees C, respectively. Enzymatic extract was concentrated through ultrafiltration and then a cellulolytic formulation was prepared with the addition of sorbitol (50% w/v) and benzoic acid (0.05% w/v). High cellulase stability of around 100% was reached after 30 days at 4 degrees C. The concentrated extract was also dried in a spray-dryer with the addition of maltodextrin at 20% (w/v), resulting in powder enzymatic formulation with 85% stability after 60 days. With these characteristics, the liquid and powder cellulase products have potential to be used in different industrial applications.