Cellulase production can be divided into two steps: growth stage; followed by an induction stage. To develop a mathematical model for the optimization of this strategy, two sets of experiments were performed in batch mode for parameter estimation. One set of experiments was performed to evaluate the influence of glycerol regarding cell growth (initial concentrations of 5, 10, 15 and 20 g/L). The other set of experiments considered the induction stage using cellulose as the substrate (initial concentrations of 5, 10, 20, 30 and 40 g/L). Two feeding strategies were simulated to maximize cellulase production using glycerol to maintain a high cell concentration. The first simulation used a discrete feed and the second used a continuous feed of cellulose. The mathematical model proposed allows maintaining a high cell concentration and the addition of optimal small amounts of the inducer substrate to prevent inhibition of enzyme production.
- Mathematical modelling
- Optimization of cellulase production
- Trichoderma harzianum