The present study explored the use of mannitol and mannitol-rich agro-industrial wastes as substrates for PHB production by Cobetia amphilecti isolated from the green Ulva sp. seaweed. Cultivation of C. amphilecti on mannitol, celery, and olive leaves (OLs) waste led to 4.20, 6.00, and 5.16 g L−1 of cell dry mass (CDM), 76.3, 25.5, and 12.0% of PHB content in CDM and 3.2, 1.53, and 0.62 g L−1 of PHB concentration, respectively; which suggested that they can be exploited as carbon substrates for the production of PHB. Extraction of PHB from C. amphilecti cultures by solubilization in the green solvent methyl levulinate (ML) (2% w/w, 140 °C, 1 h) indicated that the recovery yield and purity of PHB are above 97 and 90% w/w, respectively. The use of ML could be an attractive method for the recovery of PHB when safe and non-toxic solvents are required.
- Cobetia amphilecti
- Green solvent
- Mannitol-rich agriculture waste
- Methyl levulinate