The effect of lithium chloride on the biooxidation of aqueous methanol/acetone mixtures

Abstract

Lithium chloride, more specifically the lithium cation, has been implicated in interference in biological systems. In the case of Escherichia coli, interference involves the Na+(Li+)/H+ antiporter transport system. The study reported here concerns the effects of LiCl on a mixed enrichment culture that is able to biodegrade both methanol and acetone under aerobic conditions. The results obtained using unsteady state continuous flow culture techniques demonstrate a significant disruptive effect of LiCl on culture performance. In addition, a reduction in the substrate-based biomass yield coefficient, which is a clear advantage as far as biotreatment process performance is concerned, also occurs. The ultimate fate of the LiCl was not determined.

DOI: 10.1007/s002530100615

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@article{OBrien2001TheEO, title={The effect of lithium chloride on the biooxidation of aqueous methanol/acetone mixtures}, author={Maria O'Brien and Geoffrey Hamer}, journal={Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology}, year={2001}, volume={56}, pages={508-512} }