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Screening of Indigenous Strains of Fungi and Yeasts for lipids production

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Screening of Indigenous Strains of Fungi and Yeasts for lipids production


Fungi and yeasts have many applications in drug production, food processing, fermentation (beer, wine and bread), biological control agents, and enzyme technology. However indigenous Australian fungi have rarely been considered or applied to industrial applications. The aim of this project is to screen indigenous microorganisms available in culture collections for novel applications. Examples include screening (i) oleaginous yeasts indigenous to Australia for their capacity to accumulate intracellular lipids for biodiesel production, (ii) ethanol producing yeasts for their capacity to produce ethanol for the brewing industry, (iii) filamentous fungi for their capacity to produce enzymes such as glucoamylase for the saccharification of starches or cellulases/hemicellulases/ligninases for the hydrolysis of lignocellulosics materials for biofuels production. The experimental work will involve screening microorganisms on Petri dishes or fermentation flasks with analysis of relevant intermediates and products.

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Research Affiliations
  • School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Field of Research
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Ecological Applications
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Fisheries Sciences
  • Food Sciences
  • Forestry Sciences
  • Genetics
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Other Biological Sciences
  • Other Chemical Sciences
  • Other Engineering
  • Other Environmental Sciences

Available Academic Programs
  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPHD)
  • Master of Research (MRES)

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