African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12294

Full Length Research Paper

Production of Saccharomyces cerevisiae biomass in papaya extract medium

Department of Microbiology, Federal University Of Technology, Akure.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 31 March 2005
  •  Published: 30 November 2005


Extracts of papaya fruit were used as substrate for single cell protein (SCP) production using Saccharomyces cerevisiae. A 500 g of papaya fruit was extracted with different volumes of sterile distilled water. Extraction with 200 mL of sterile distilled water sustained highest cell growth. Biochemical analysis of dry biomass revealed the following composition: 35.5% protein, 40.7% saccharide, 4.09% lipids, 0.04% magnesium, 9.63% moisture and 7.90% total ash. Nutrient found in papaya fruit extract were 9.8% saccharide, 0.1% crude protein and 7.3% total soluble sugars.


Key words: Papaya, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, single cell protein.