Rice Bran, an Alternative Nitrogen Source for Acetobacter xylinum Bacterial Cellulose Synthesis

Christopher Narh, Charles Frimpong, Alfred Mensah, Qufu Wei


Rice bran was introduced as an alternative nitrogen source to Hestrin and Schramm (HS) medium in HS Acetobacter xylinum culture media in bacterial cellulose (B.C) synthesis. The results indicated an unchanged composition of crude protein per increase in incubation days while diluted protein increased with incubation period. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) results showed the absorbance of OH groups. It was confirmed that the BC yield was directly proportional to the rice bran content. A general observation indicated a gradual transformation from a highly crystalline structure to a very amorphous structure as rice bran content increased with the endothermic decomposition of samples being recorded between 113.5 °C and 125.6 °C.


Bacterial cellulose; Rice bran extract; Nitrogen source

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